Two electric school buses, powered by Motiv Power Systems, go into service in California
Colton Joint Unified School District in San Bernardino County, California has taken delivery of two electric Type C Starcraft eQuest XL school buses from Creative Bus Sales, featuring powertrains from Motiv Power Systems.
Built on Ford’s F59 chassis, the new e-buses have a capacity of 48 passengers and a range of up to 85 miles. They feature flexible seating, and can be configured to accommodate up to 8 wheelchairs for routes with special-needs children.
Motiv recently delivered a Type A bus to a New York school district, and has had Type A buses running in the California’s King’s Canyon school district since 2014.
“The Motiv electric powertrain [gives] Creative’s eQuest XL school bus unprecedented performance previously uncharacteristic of electric buses,” says Joe Angeli of Creative Bus Sales. “The hill-climbing power and acceleration provided by the electric powertrain gives these buses a driving experience consistent with standard buses, creating a safer driving environment for the buses and the children they transport.”
The electric bus charging infrastructure was installed by EV Safe Charge who offers turnkey commercial, fleet and residential EV charging solutions nationwide.