03 Mar 2020


Beverly (Massachusetts) will be the first community on the North Shore in the US to have an electric school bus for clean, quiet pupil transportation. It will be a Thomas Built Buses Inc.’s Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley powered by Proterra electric vehicle technology and the Proterra 60kW charging system. Highland Electric Transportation selected the bus for deployment with the Beverly Public Schools, in Beverly. The project represents the first all-electric school bus in Beverly and the first Thomas Built all-electric school bus in New England.

The Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley couples 220 kWh of total energy capacity with the Proterra drivetrain to offer unparalleled energy efficiency and range to meet the needs of school bus fleets. Additionally, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus can fast charge in about three hours with the Proterra DC charging system.

An interesting detail of this deal is that funding is by the availability of VW Settlement Trust which open grant programs aimed at reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide and greenhouse gas across Massachusetts, while supporting electrification of the state's transportation network. Highland Electric Transportation, based in Hamilton, Massachusetts, secured grant funding from the Massachusetts VW settlement program to acquire the electric bus. By doing so VW is indirectly funding Daimler whilst Thomas Built Buses, Inc., founded in 1916, is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC.

The partnership to deliver clean, quiet pupil transportation to Massachusetts students, includes Highland Electric Transportation, the city of Beverly, Beverly Public Schools, the local utility provider National Grid, Proterra, Thomas Built Buses and New England Transit, the local Thomas Built Buses dealer.

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