Blue Bird Delivers 23 Electric School Buses to Carter County Schools in Kentucky

Jan. 5, 2024
The zero-emission school buses feature a high-capacity battery of 196 kWh, supporting a vehicle range of up to 130 miles on a single charge

Blue Bird Corporation, a supplier of electric and low-emission school buses, will deliver 23 electric school buses to Carter County Schools (CCS) in Kentucky. The zero-emission buses will reduce the district’s carbon footprint while serving CCS’ 4,200 students across eleven schools.

Blue Bird’s Vision electric school bus features a higher-capacity battery of 196 kWh, representing a 25% capacity increase compared to its previous model bus. The battery supports a vehicle range of up to 130 miles on a single charge and can reach a full charge in three hours.

“We are thrilled to deploy our very first electric school buses to lower the emissions of our school bus fleet,” said Dr. Paul Green, Superintendent of Carter County Schools. “Clean student transportation is one of our top priorities. Blue Bird’s zero-emission school buses will help us to create a healthier environment for our students and our communities at large.”

With this purchase deal, CCS now boasts a bus fleet of nearly 75 vehicles. This fleet will be responsible for traveling more than 3,600 miles each school day and transporting up to 3,000 students to and from school.

To purchase the electric school buses, CCS received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2022 Clean School Bus Rebate Program valued at over $9 million.