There are 480,000 school buses in America, making them the largest fleet of commercial vehicles in the nation. By comparison, there are just 96,000 public transit buses, 35,000 intra-city buses, 7,400 airplanes, and 1,200 railway passenger cars. Now imagine all those school buses were electrics, equipped with batteries of about 150 kWh, and they all could be connected to the electrical grid using V2G technology. Consider that all those buses are only in service for a few hours a day, leaving their batteries available to supply electricity to the grid the majority of the day.
Nuvve Corporation, headquartered in San Diego, has partnered with Blue Bird, Americaâ€™s largest school bus supplier, to bring electric school buses equipped with its vehicle to grid technology to school systems across America. Blue Bird has delivered over 100 electric school buses so far. As of now, Blue Birdâ€™s Vision Type C and All American Type D electric school buses are equipped with a CCS connector capable of V2G charging the buses in about 3 hours. Both models have a 155 kWh battery and a range of up to 120 miles on.
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Nuvve and Blue Bird are now offering electric school buses with vehicle to grid technology, which can turn a fleet of buses into a virtual power plant and earn money for school districts.