GreenPower Motor Co. has delivered two Nano BEAST zero-emission, all-electric school buses to Portland Public Schools (PPS) in Oregon.
The Nano BEAST buses can seat up to 24 students and have a range of up to 150 miles per charge. The school district plans to use the all-electric buses to transport students to and from school in the surrounding communities starting this month.
According to GreenPower, the clean sheet design approach of the Nano BEAST buses facilitates optimal battery pack placement and weight distribution. This allows the vehicle to accommodate a larger energy supply and deliver a longer range, it adds.
“Our school system is steadfast in our commitment to ensure we respond to the climate crisis,” said PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero. “With the support and collaboration of key partners, we are now taking concrete steps toward making us a more sustainable organization by starting to electrify our school bus fleet.”
PPS operates more than 80 schools and serves more than 49,000 students in the state.
GreenPower is a Canadian firm that designs, builds and distributes a full suite of high-floor and low-floor all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles, including transit buses, school buses, shuttles, cargo van and a cab and chassis.
“The school buses will provide the students at Portland Public Schools a better, cleaner and safer transportation future, and we’re ecstatic to play a role in helping PPS on their mission to fulfill their climate change policy and commitment to be zero-emission by 2040,” said Michael Perez, vice president of school bus, contracts and grants at GreenPower.