Blue Bird Launches Energy Services to Expand Electrification of School Buses and Charging Infrastructure

MACON, Ga. (July 21, 2022) – Blue Bird Corporation (Nasdaq: BLBD), the leader in electric and low-emission school buses, continues to expand its electrification ecosystem to help electric school bus customers meet their charging infrastructure needs. The company launched its Blue Bird Energy Services business to further accelerate the electrification of the student transportation industry by providing turnkey charging infrastructure solutions for electric school bus fleets.

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Blue Bird remains the proven clean transportation leader with nearly 650 electric-powered, zero-emission school buses in operation today. The company builds a full range of electric school buses. They can carry a maximum of 84 passengers for up to 120 miles on a single charge. Depending on the charging infrastructure, the buses take between three and eight hours to recharge fully.

Beyond manufacturing world-class electric school buses, Blue Bird continues to develop a complete ecosystem of electric products and services. Moreover, they’re helpful for school districts, bus fleet operators, and its dealer network across the United States. The company helps customers assess their electric vehicle and charging infrastructure needs. They identify funding sources, including grants, and understand vehicle and fleet performance through a world-class telematics solution. In addition, they also safely operate and maintain vehicles through driver and technician training. Moreover, ensure bus performance through high-quality service over the life of the vehicle.

Blue Bird Energy Services provides more than just electric school buses

Through its Blue Bird Energy Services business, the company provides a full suite of products and services. Their goal is to establish a fit-for-purpose charging infrastructure for electric vehicle (EV) school buses. That includes site engineering, permitting, construction, customizable hardware and software, warranties, and maintenance.

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“Blue Bird’s electric school buses play a critical role in zero-emission student transportation across the United States,” said Britton Smith, senior vice president of Electrification and Chief Strategy Officer, Blue Bird Corporation. “In fact, it takes an entire ecosystem of products and services to enable electric school bus transportation. We continue to build out our capabilities to ensure the safe and reliable deployment of electric buses putting student and community health first for present and future generations. The launch of Blue Bird Energy Services is another vital building block of sustainable transportation solutions.”

Blue Bird Energy Services offers various electric school bus charging options ranging from AC Level 2 charging rated at 19.2kW to DC fast-chargers rated at 30, 60, and 120kW. Chargers feature single or dual ports to connect and charge simultaneously up to two electric-powered vehicles. More information is available at Blue Bird Energy Services.

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