For the first time in the work entered the school bus, fully powered by electricity, in America unified school district Kings Canyon (KCUSD) in foster city, California.
This electric bus model built by Trans Tech Bus on an improved platform Ford E-450. The bus SST-e can accommodate 25 people. One charge is enough to cover the distance of about 160 km. Lifting device for wheelchairs reduces the capacity to eighteen.
Specialists have reported a number of advantages electric model SST-e: cost savings – about $10,000 a year, which was spent on fuel and maintenance, the air near schools is not polluted.
District Kings Canyon have already purchased four buses and intends to increase this number ecologically safe school transport in the near future. The company does not inform the public of the cost of the electric bus. All school districts should not worry about the price, because the costs will be partially funded by the California air resources Board (CARB). Other States may also receive similar incentive for the purchase of the bus SST-e.
Trans Tech Bus hoped that “electric school bus will become the industry norm.” “This kind of school transport is ideal for short, specific and repetitive route. As most school buses operate in the daytime to charge their parks at night, because at this time the demand for electricity is much lower. Thus, school districts and contractors will take advantage of low off-peak electricity prices”, – stressed the advantages CEO Dan Daniels (Dan Daniels).

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