The parent company of luxury car brand BMW, Daimler, is now taking steps for a greener future by developing an electric school bus. The new bus will be available as early as 2019.
The manufacturer, through their official website, claims the bus as “..emissions-free, noise pollution-free, and fossil fuel-free, helping you save operating costs — and maybe even the planet.”
The Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus, nicknamed as Jouley, is the latest addition to the company’s growing fleet; and the first generation electric bus from Thomas Built Buses. Children in the future may soon have zero-emission rides to their schools.
According to a press release from Daimler, the Jouley can travel for up to 100 miles (160 km) and can carry up to 81 children. The bus also has the ability to extend its range by having additional batteries on board.
Electric School Bus – Transforming Public Transport
From private cars, school buses are actually quite the ideal market to be next in line for an electric upgrade. This type of vehicle generally has short routes; just around the city for picking up students. School buses also sit for long hours between deployments, allowing ample time for charging sessions.
Apart from school vehicles in particular, buses in general are also slowly transforming into electrical variants. Buses have been playing the biggest role of public transportation, making it quite ideal for an electrical conversion.
While nations are slowly taking productive steps towards an electric future; the public also has their significant contributions by embracing electric cars like the popular range from Tesla. Ultimately, transforming our public transport industry will become one of biggest steps humanity will ever take towards an electrical future.