Electric School Buses in the US

Ever heard of the company Green Power Motor Company? It’s a US company that makes electric school buses.

Their “MegaBeast” is a 40 electric school bus with a 500 km (300 mile) range. It is also capable of VTG (vehicle to grid). That means it can act as battery storage on the electric grid.

Does VTG make sense? Of course. School buses typically operate during the day — say 7 to 9 AM and 3 to 5PM. They can then be used as a big battery to stabilize the electric grid reducing the need for peaker plants running on coal or natural gas. They can then be charged late at night when grid demand is otherwise very low.

Note that Green Power is not the only company making electric school buses. BYD also makes them in a plant in Lancaster California.

The Electric Viking tells us more about Green Power and about who getting diesel buses off the public roads is important.

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