GreenPower Delivers All-Electric BEAST School Bus to Pheonix Elementary School District in Arizona

March 7, 2024
The dual port charging is standard, with Level 2 rates up to 19.2 kW and DC Fast Charging rates up to 85 kW, with wireless charging availability

GreenPower Motor Company, a manufacturer and distributor of all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles, has delivered the first all-electric Type D BEAST school bus to the Phoenix Elementary School District in Arizona.

The BEAST is a 40-foot Type D all-electric, zero-emission school bus with a unified structure comprising of an aluminum body made from extruded aluminum manufactured by Constellium on a high-strength steel Truss (bus) chassis. 

The vehicle also features a completely flat floor design to allow tracking with no obstacles, and the high floors keep students out of the crash zone. Dual port charging is standard, with Level 2 rates up to 19.2 kW and DC Fast Charging rates up to 85 kW, and wireless charging is available.

The Pheonix Elementary School District operates 15 schools from preschool through 8th grade in the heart of Pheonix - serving approximately 5,000 students - and the District hopes the new electric school bus will provide a safer and more sustainable mode of transportation for all students. 

"Phoenix Elementary School District will deploy the GreenPower BEAST to further our commitment toward safe and sustainable transportation," said Dr. Deborah Gonzalez, Superintendent of Phoenix Elementary School District. "Children are more susceptible to air pollution due to their developing respiratory systems, and all-electric school buses reduce exposure to NOx produced by traditional buses, which can adversely affect student's health and academic performance."