Glades County School District plans to upgrade more than half of the district's fleet to electric by deploying 13 Type C Blue Bird electric school buses provided by the Florida Transportation Systems and electrifying two charging depots.
The new electric buses will replace the district's existing fleet, helping to improve air quality and provide reliable electric transportation to students at Moore Haven Elementary, West Glades School, and Moore Haven Middle-High School.
The decision to invest in electric buses will also revolutionize the commuting experience for students - currently, only three buses in the district's fleet are equipped with air conditioning, leaving many students to handle extreme Florida weather conditions. The air-conditioned buses will not only minimize the adverse effects of the Florida heat on students but also help them to travel in a more conducive environment.
An initial group of nearly 1,700 students will have access to the district's 13 new electric school buses.
Additionally, school bus fleet Electrification-as-a-Service provider, Highland Electric Fleets provides an affordable option to help school districts transition their diesel fleets to electric. Under a multi-year contract, Highland will overlook planning, implementation, management and training necessary for full fleet electrification and offer guaranteed performance.