You’d be hard-pressed to find a vehicle sort these days that isn’t in the process of being electrified by some major manufacturer. Sedans, SUVs, scooters, tractors, helicopters, airplanes… if it’s wheels or rotors or wings, somebody out there are attempting to replace the gas tank with the electric battery.
Even some of our iconic vehicles are also slated for electric conversion. Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, declared plans to manufacture an all-electric school bus with a range of one hundred miles for distribution to us by 2019.
The bus could be a Saf-T-Liner C2 electric Bus which will be manufactured by Daimler subsidiary Thomas Built Buses. Nicknamed “Jouley,” the bus can seat eighty-one children and is powered by a 60kWh battery, giving it a range of up to a hundred and sixty kilometers (99.4 miles).
Daimler says extra battery packs are available for bus operators who need a higher range. Thomas Built Buses was ready to draw upon Daimler’s electric technology resources during the development method, the corporate says.
There are some of smaller bus makers working on electrification projects, but Daimler’s Thomas built Buses supposedly has a 38.7 % market share in the U.S. which means there’s a much better chance that your children are riding to school during a Jouley than any other electric bus in the close to future.