Blue Bird Delivers Largest Electric School Bus Fleet In Its History To Broward County Public Schools In Florida
Blue Bird Corporation (Nasdaq: BLBD), a provider of electric and low-emission school buses, is supplying 60 electric school buses to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) in Florida. The delivery represents the largest electric school bus fleet purchase in Blue Bird’s history. Through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Electric School Bus Project, BCPS is replacing part of its diesel fleet with zero-emission vehicles.
Blue Bird will provide its most advanced Vision electric school buses to BCPS. Each vehicle can carry 72 students for up to 120 miles on a single charge. Depending on the charging infrastructure, each bus takes between three and eight hours to recharge fully.
BCPS maintains a bus fleet of more than 1,200 vehicles with various propulsion systems, including 515 Blue Bird buses. BCPS school buses travel more than 67,000 miles each school day, as they pick up and safely transport 54,000 students to and from schools.
“Zero-emission transportation means cleaner air to breathe,” Blue Bird Corporation President & CEO Matthew Stevenson said. “We have served Broward Schools for more than 30 years. We could not be more pleased to help the school district transition to electric buses and clean student transportation.”
Blue Bird Electric buses come standard with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability, enabling BCPS to coordinate with local utility companies to manage vehicle charging and return stored energy back to the grid as needed. V2G programs help balance demands on the grid, improve grid resiliency, and lower the overall cost of electric school bus fleets for school districts.
BCPS purchased its advanced electric vehicles through Blue Bird’s authorized and family-owned school bus dealer Florida Transportation Systems, Inc. in Tampa, FL.
For more information, visit www.blue-bird.com.