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Mar 23, 2022, 07:00 ET
The Nano BEAST (Battery Electric Automotive School Transportation) is the only purpose-built, zero-emission, Type A school bus on the market. Its clean-sheet design approach facilitates optimal battery pack placement and weight distribution. Thereby allowing the vehicle to accommodate a larger energy supply. Also delivering a longer range and setting the new standard. Most importantly and for zero-emissions student transportation. The Nano BEAST will also have the largest standard battery pack. Most importantly for a Type A school bus in the market.
GreenPower developed the Nano BEAST using its purpose-built flagship EV Star Platform. So that’s what has accumulated approximately 200 deliveries throughout North America. That’s also with deliveries growing every month. This platform has proven its efficiency and reliability in a wide variety of operational settings including paratransit, airport shuttling, micro-transit, cargo delivery, and vanpool service.
GreenPower will begin initial deliveries to its customers in the coming months and anticipates that the pace of these deliveries will increase by the end of the year. There is approximately 9,700 new Type A school buses sold every year and approximately 500,000 yellow school buses running across the country. With state vouchers, federal funding, and mandates to go all-electric the Nano BEAST rounds out GreenPower’s school bus product offerings.
“The Nano BEAST offers unprecedented levels of safety and reliability for a zero-emission, Type A school bus. We’ve also seen the EV Star Platform exceed expectations in other industries. So we look forward to carrying this over into the school bus industry. Especially with our proven, unparalleled technology, said Riley.
“The school bus industry is the largest form of transportation in the United States. For that’s with more than 25 million students transported daily. Providing school districts and our communities with a safer alternative. For that’s in comparison to diesel-emitting school buses provide tremendous health benefits for our children. Especially since NOx exhaust is a trigger of health problems like asthma and other respiratory issues. The move to all-electric options is critical and GreenPower remains committed to providing a better, cleaner, and safer transportation future.”
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the primary source of NOx is motor vehicles, including school buses. NOx exhaust can trigger health problems like asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory issues.
Ryne Shetterly, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GreenPower, added, “We are avid supporters of the Federal administration’s school bus electrification goals. Also, the launch of a purpose-built, battery-electric, Type A school bus. It was a critical next step. Especially for GreenPower and the industry.” Shetterly continued, “The development of the Nano BEAST is a monumental achievement. That’s both for GreenPower and for the school transportation industry at large.”
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