Blue Bird Corporation has received the single largest order of electric school buses from a school district in its history.
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) ordered 180 eunits through their local Blue Bird dealer, A-Z Bus Sales, Inc.
The unprecedented order will help the school district transition the first of several depots to 100 percent electric student transportation advancing its ambitious goals of reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions while improving operational efficiencies.
LAUSD already operates twenty-six Blue Bird electric school buses in its fleet.
Moving forward, the school bus manufacturer will provide 30 Vision and 150 All American state-of-the-art electric buses to significantly enlarge the districts’ zero-emission school vehicles fleet.
LAUSD anticipates delivery of the first units in October 2024 and for the order to be fulfilled in early 2025.
Both model vehicles have a range of up to 130 miles on a single charge.
Based on LAUSD’s future charging infrastructure, the units could take between three and eight hours to recharge fully.
“Los Angeles Unified is excited to move toward the electrification of our Sun Valley Bus Yard school buses,” said Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho.
“We must fully commit ourselves to creating a model of sustainability that benefits our students, our school communities and generations to come,” he added.
“Blue Bird is recognized as the technology leader and innovator of all-electric school buses. We are thrilled to provide safe, reliable, and – above all – clean student transportation to the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the nation,” stated Phil Horlock, CEO of Blue Bird Corporation.
“Demand for low- and zero-emission school buses remains strong across the United States. Blue Bird will continue to meet and exceed our customer expectations,” he added.
Blue Bird units come standard with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability.
This bi-directional charging technology will allow LAUSD to potentially sell excess energy stored in school bus batteries back to electric power companies at a profit.
In addition, V2G programs help balance demands on the grid and improve grid resiliency.
“LAUSD is making a monumental leap forward by committing to an all-electric future and providing a model for other school districts of how a transition of this size can take place,” said John Landherr, President & CEO of A-Z Bus Sales.
“We’re proud to have helped LAUSD over the years transition from diesel to alternative fuel CNG and propane buses, and as the No. 1 dealer in electric school buses nationwide, our team is positioned to now support the district at all levels with their EV transition,” he added.
About Blue Bird
The company recently celebrated the milestone delivery of its 1500th electric school bus – and industry first. The company’s zero-emission vehicles now operate across 41 U.S. states.
With districts increasingly transitioning to clean student transportation, the firm has invested heavily in expanding its electric school bus production capacity.
The bus manufacturer opened its Electric Vehicle (EV) Build-up Center, which will enable Blue Bird to build up to 5,000 electric school buses a year in the long-term.