Electric school bus launched

Electric school bus launched Electric school bus launched
The first battery-electric school bus for service in the USA, the Newton eTrans, has been built by Smith Electric Vehicles and Trans Tech Bus. “America’s 480,000 school buses burn an estimated 822 million gallons of diesel fuel every year at a cost of nearly $3.2billion (£2billion),” says Bryan Hansel, president of Smith Electric Vehicles. “The Newton operates at one-third to one-half the cost of a traditional diesel, creating significant fuel cost savings for school districts in addition to the clear environmental and health benefits of all-electric, zero-emission transportation for students.”

The 42-seat Newton eTrans travels up to 120 miles on a single charge at speeds of up to 50 mph. It is based on a modified Avia Ashok Leyland light truck chassis, built in the Czech Republic.