Blue Bird charges ahead with 500 electric school buses in North America
In anticipation of growth in demand, the American zero-emissions bus builder will increase production capacity to 3,000 next year
Blue Bird Corporation have announced they have reached the milestone of 500 electric-powered school buses delivered or on order. As the only school bus manufacturer that produces and sells all three school-bus body configurations in an electric version, Blue Bird expects its electric bus sales to accelerate through the rest of 2021.
Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation, said: “Customer interest and excitement in owning a Blue Bird electric-powered school bus is increasing every day. We are committed to providing school bus fleets with safe, clean-power transportation, and with electric-powered buses, it’s easy to see how students and the community can benefit.
“Across North America, Blue Bird school buses transport more than eight million children to school each day. By eliminating harmful NOx emissions from the tailpipe, we are protecting students against the risk of asthma and lung disease. Safe, clean transportation is our priority.”
Blue Bird’s zero-emission, electric-powered school buses support new federal initiatives on climate change, including the Clean School Bus Act and the Clean Commute for Kids Act.
With the federal government’s plan to invest in infrastructure and American-made electric vehicles, Blue Bird expects substantial growth in zero-emission school bus sales in the coming years.
In anticipation of the growth in demand, Blue Bird will be increasing electric vehicle production capacity to 3,000 units next year. They fully expect that by 2030, nearly 100 percent of their sales will come from electric school buses.
Blue Bird currently manufactures school buses in Fort Valley, Georgia and its Micro Bird joint venture operates a manufacturing facility in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada.