The North American Daimler (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz) subsidiary, Thomas Built Buses introduced its first all-electric school bus for series production. Starting in 2019, the “Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus” or short “Jouley” will drive up to 81 kids all over America to school – safely, quietly and emission-free.
The 160kWh battery provides a range of up to 160 kilometers. Additional battery packs are optional and offer a higher range.
Thomas Built Buses was founded in 1916 and is world renowned for its legendary yellow school buses from films and television. With a market share of 38.7 percent Thomas Built Buses is the leading manufacturer of school buses in North America.
It’s surprising that school buses have not gone fully electric, considering the little distance they cover most of the time. Let’s hope to see more of this soon.