School bus powered by 160kWh battery will enter service in 2019
North American Daimler subsidiary Thomas Built Buses has introduced its first all-electric school bus for series production.
From 2019, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus – nicknamed “Jouley” for short – will carrying loads of up to 81 passengers to schools all over the US.
The 160kWh battery provides a range of up to 160 kilometers. Additional battery packs are optional and offer a higher range.
During the development of the Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus Thomas Built Buses was able to draw upon Daimler’s electric technology resources.
Thomas Built Buses is one of the largest manufacturer of school buses in North America, with around 39% of the market, it says.
However, the Jouley will be going up against existing e-bus technologies, not least of which is the eLion. Unveiled in February this year by maker Lion Buses, the bus features a 250kW motor and a 130kWh battery, offering single-charge range of 50-100 miles depending on the route. It’s slightly smaller carrying only 72 passengers, but has already secured orders in Sacramento.
Competition is encouraging however, and no doubt more manufacturers will enter the space in the coming years, as local transport authorities look to decarbonise these vital services.