GreenPower Secures Order for All-Electric Nano BEAST School Bus from Chatham Central School District in Upstate NY

Dec. 6, 2023
An additional school bus will be used as a demo vehicle by GreenPower’s dealer, Leonard Bus Sales, to introduce to schools throughout the state

GreenPower Motor Company has secured an order from Chatham Central School District in Upstate New York for the Type A all-electric, purpose-built, zero-emission Nano BEAST school bus through its dealer Leonard Bus Sales. 

"We have worked closely with Leonard Bus Sales to be on the state contract, meet the state specs and be listed by NYSERDA,” said Michael Perez, GreenPower's Vice President of School Bus, Contracts and Grants. “School districts throughout the Empire State are looking forward to deploying GreenPower school buses when making the switch from NOx emitting diesel buses to a cleaner, safer ride for their students."

An additional school bus will be used as a demo vehicle by Leonard Bus Sales to introduce to schools throughout the state.

The New York Governor recently opened the application process for $100 million in funding for zero-emission school buses. Owing to this, early adopters can purchase the buses with financial help from the state and start planning all-electric deployments before the 2027 state electric school bus mandate.

New York’s 2022-2023 budget aims for all new school buses purchased to be zero-emission by 2027 and all school buses in operation to be electric by 2035. 

It also includes funding to help districts transition to all-electric buses with an additional $500 million through the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022.

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