Charged EVs | Blue Chicken and Lightning eMotors to supply electrical retrofits for fuel and propane faculty buses


College bus icon Blue Chicken plans to supply a factory-certified electrical repower program for a few of its gasoline- and propane-powered faculty buses. The corporate is working with Colorado-based powertrain producer Lightning eMotors to collectively develop this retrofit powertrain system.

Blue Chicken will launch the repower program in 2023 for gasoline- and propane-powered Blue Chicken Imaginative and prescient Sort C faculty buses constructed after September 2021. The electrical powertrain system will enable for a number of battery configurations, from 100 kWh to 225 kWh, supporting car ranges as much as 150 miles.

The conversions will likely be performed at licensed Blue Chicken and Lightning eMotors conversion facilities within the US and Canada, and Blue Chicken says the repowered buses will meet the identical efficiency and security requirements as its purpose-built electrical buses. The retrofitted bus will retain the rest of its authentic warranties, and the EV powertrain will likely be issued a brand new OEM guarantee. The total repower course of could possibly be accomplished inside 30 days.

“An growing variety of states resembling New York are within the strategy of mandating the acquisition of all zero-emission faculty buses beginning in 2027,” mentioned Britton Smith, Senior VP of Electrification at Blue Chicken. “At present, gasoline- and propane-powered faculty buses function decrease up-front value car decisions in comparison with electrical automobiles, and emit much less greenhouse gases than a conventional diesel bus. Blue Chicken’s revolutionary repower program permits clients to spend money on new faculty buses to fulfill their present transportation wants with a built-in choice to transition to zero-emission, electrical pupil transportation when wanted.”

“Repowering gasoline and propane Sort C faculty buses is an effective resolution for college bus fleets that will not have the charging infrastructure in place but however nonetheless have to buy new buses now,” mentioned Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning eMotors. “With the ability to buy new buses with the understanding that Blue Chicken and Lightning eMotors can repower them to zero-emissions at a later date with full charging and telematics help is a good bridge technique to electrification.”

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