West Virginia School Districts Take Delivery of GreenPower All-Electric Buses

Dec. 18, 2023
While one of the electric school buses will be delivered to Monongalia County, the other three will serve Cabell, Clay and Kanawha counties. 

GreenPower Motor Company has delivered four all-electric, purpose-built Type A Nano BEAST school buses to Cabell, Clay, Monongalia and Kanawha counties in West Virginia from its South Charleston manufacturing facility in the same state.
While one of the electric school buses will be delivered to Monongalia County, the other three will serve Cabell, Clay and Kanawha counties. 
The Nano BEAST is a Type A all-electric, zero-emission school bus accommodating about 24 students. Its Access option has seating for up to 18 ambulatory passengers and up to 3+ Q'STRAINT wheelchair securements, added with a BraunAbility rear curbside lift.
"These Nano BEASTs are part of the 41 all-electric GreenPower school buses purchased by the state of West Virginia for school districts across the Mountain State,” said Michael Perez, Vice President of School Buses, Contracts and Grants for GreenPower, in a statement. “The 37 all-electric, purpose-built Type D BEASTs which are part of the same order, and the additional one BEAST purchased by Kanawha County, are set for delivery in 2024."
The World Resources Institute (WRI) estimates that nearly 1,000 school districts and fleet operators in the U.S. are committing to purchases or delivery of electric buses. More than 6,000 electric schools buses are either delivered or planned for delivery in the near future, according to the WRI.
School district buses make a solid use case for electric fleets because they have steady, known routes and down times to allow regular charging times. Overall, there are currently about 500,000 school buses nationwide moving more than 20 million children from home to class or activities.

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Walton earned his Bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. His career stops include the Moore American, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Wagoner Tribune and Tulsa World. 

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