Launches Blue Bird Energy Services to Help School Bus Customers Better Meet Their Charging Infrastructure Needs
MACON, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Blue Bird Corporation (Nasdaq: BLBD), the leader in electric and low-emission school buses, continues to expand its electrification ecosystem to help electric school bus customers meet their charging infrastructure needs. The company launched its Blue Bird Energy Services business to further accelerate the electrification of the student transportation industry by providing turnkey charging infrastructure solutions for electric school bus fleets.
Blue Bird remains the proven clean transportation leader with nearly 650 electric-powered, zero-emission school buses in operation today. The company builds a full range of electric school buses which can carry a maximum of 84 passengers for up to 120 miles on a single charge. Depending on the charging infrastructure, the buses take between three and eight hours to recharge fully.
Beyond manufacturing world-class electric school buses, Blue Bird continues to develop a complete ecosystem of electric products and services for school districts, bus fleet operators, and its dealer network across the United States. The company helps customers assess electric vehicle and charging infrastructure needs, identify funding sources including grants, understand vehicle and fleet performance through a world-class telematics solution, safely operate and maintain vehicles through driver and technician training, and ensure bus performance through high-quality service over the life of the vehicle.
Through its Blue Bird Energy Services business, the company provides a full suite of products and services to establish a fit-for-purpose charging infrastructure for electric vehicle (EV) school buses, including site engineering, permitting, construction, customizable hardware and software, warranties, and maintenance.
“Blue Bird’s electric school buses play a critical role in zero-emission student transportation across the United States,” said Britton Smith, senior vice president of Electrification and Chief Strategy Officer, Blue Bird Corporation. “In fact, it takes an entire ecosystem of products and services to enable electric school bus transportation. We continue to build out our capabilities to ensure the safe and reliable deployment of electric buses putting student and community health first for present and future generations. The launch of Blue Bird Energy Services is another vital building block of sustainable transportation solutions.”
Blue Bird Energy Services offers various electric school bus charging options ranging from AC Level 2 charging rated at 19.2kW to DC fast-chargers rated at 30, 60, and 120kW. Chargers feature single or dual ports to connect and charge simultaneously up to two electric-powered vehicles. More information is available at Blue Bird Energy Services.
About Blue Bird Corporation
Blue Bird (NASDAQ: BLBD) is recognized as a technology leader and innovator of school buses since its founding in 1927. Our dedicated team members design, engineer and manufacture school buses with a singular focus on safety, reliability, and durability. Blue Bird buses carry the most precious cargo in the world – the majority of 25 million children twice a day – making us the most trusted brand in the industry. The company is the proven leader in low- and zero-emission school buses with more than 20,000 propane, natural gas, and electric powered buses in operation today. Blue Bird is transforming the student transportation industry through cleaner energy solutions. For more information on Blue Bird’s complete product and service portfolio, visit www.blue-bird.com.