Nuvve Holding Corp. and Blue Bird Corporation have replaced the Martinsville Independent School District’s (ISD) diesel fleet with five Blue Bird Vision electric buses, five Nuvve Level II chargers, and an AI-powered Nuvve FleetBox 2.0 charge management software.
According to the Texas Electric School Bus Project, a nonprofit tracking school transportation electrification in the state, Martinsville ISD is now officially the first Texas school district to boast an all-electric school bus fleet.
"We're a small district but proud to be leading the way on sustainable and clean commutes for Texas school children,” said Martinsville ISD Principal Keith Kimbrough. “I'm proud to have managed the process of converting from diesel to electric from beginning to end, and we're convinced other districts will take notice of what we're doing here."
Blue Bird's Vision electric, zero-emission school buses are capable of carrying a maximum of 71 students for up to 120 miles on a single charge. The buses require a minimal portion of the day to fully recharge based on Nuvve's advanced battery charging infrastructure offerings.
Kimbrough also received a $1.58 million Clean School Bus grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assist in the project. He also partnered with Rush Truck Centers as the dealer, Blue Bird for the fleet, and Nuvve K-12 to consult and provide the right chargers and software for the district's routes and daily charging requirements.