Daimler to Launches Electric School Bus in the U.S
Daimler, German automaker revealed first all-electric school bus manufactured by North American Thomas Built Buses subsidiary.
The Saf-T-Liner C2, which is also named as ‘Jouley’ is set to hit the U.S. roads in 2019. The Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus or Jouley has capacity to drive up to 81 kids to school all over the America. The bus is reported to be safe and emission free. The electric bus is equipped with PowerDrive 7000ev from Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., a specialist in electric powertrains. The battery power is 100 to 160 kWh, which enables a 160 kilometers of range. However, additional battery modules can increase the range up to several kilometers.
The bus is operate by PowerSuite vehicle control software and PowerTracker telematics and diagnostics system. This system monitors location of bus along with vehicle condition in real-time. Initially, the bus will be limited in production to check the efficiency of vehicle. Furthermore, various bus manufacturers are working on production of electric automobiles. Buses developed by Thomas Built accounted for 38.7% of market share in the US in recent past.
Daimler is actively focusing into major developments regarding electric vehicles with larger vehicles such as buses and trucks. The auto giant’s trucks and bus division recently showed off plans to produce heavy duty, battery-powered vehicles with a new brand, E-FUSO, and pledged to invest about US$ 10 billion in ‘next-gen EV’ initiatives after prodding by Elon Musk. Furthermore, various economies are working on reducing diesel- and gas-powered car sales within the next few decades to provide eco-friendly transport system. All forms of transport that depend on combustion engines are in line for conversion.
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