Watch First White Plains Students get first tour of the Electric School Bus Here:
WHITE PLAINS SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS DR. JOSEPH RICCA AND MAYOR TOM ROACH (WHITE PLAINS ELECTRIC CAR PIONEER) WELCOME THE ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUS PROTOTYPE
HERE ARE DR. RICCA’S REMARKS ON THE ELECTRIC BUS BREAKTHROUGH–CLICK FOLLOWING LINK
MAYOR ROACH NOTED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE SAVINGS. HEAR THE MAYOR’S REMARKS BY CLICKING THIS LINK
HOW DOES SHE RUN? WATCH AND LISTEN TO THE SMOOTH QUIET AS SHE PURRS OUT INTO TRAFFIC
WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS. By John F. Bailey. June 19, 2018 UPDATED 4:45 P.M. EDT WITH Details of the Deal in BOLD:
A prototype of one of 5 electric school buses to be delivered in about two weeks to the White Plains Bus Company, was introduced at Ridgeway School in White Plains this morning.
Dr. Joseph Ricca said the 5 eLion manufactured electric school buses would be in service this fall. The buses have a range of 65,100,125 abd 155 miles. Each carries 4 large batteries under the chassis of the bus which deliver 400 volts of power to run the bus.
According to a technical specialist, the bus eliminates the standard stick shift transmission, and runs like an automatic. It accelerates power smoothly to drive in snowy conditions when extra power is needed, with to shift for more power.
The costs of the buses (approximately $250,000 to $300,000 each) and maintenance will operate the buses and pay the energy (electric charging cost during the school year).
WPCNR has learned from Tony Watkins, Vice President of Sales, the Lion Electric Company, the buses were purchased from The Lion Electric Company by First Priority Group a National Lion dealer and purchased from First Priority Group by National Express, the White Plains School District bus company contractor.
National Express acquired White Plains Bus Company two years ago.
According to Sergio Alfonso, Transportation Manager for the White Plains School District, National Express added the 5 electric buses to their fleet of buses servicing the City School District as part of National Express practice of replacing aging buses in their fleet.
Alfonso said there was no increase in the National Express contract for the purchase of the electric buses, and the electric buses would be maintenance free for 3 years.
Alfonso noted that Nation Express acquired White Plains Bus Company two years, and is currently on the old White Plains Bus Company contract that began in 2014,, which provided for Consumer Price Index increases each year.
First Priority GreenFleet is Lion’s dealer in California, New York and New Jersey. Alex Cherepakhove, CEO of First Priority said: “We have helped many school districts secure grants and deployed more electric school buses in the United States than the rest of the industry combined, supported by the largest independent commercial electric vehicle service organization in the country.”
Lion has supplied 150 all-electric school buses in the last two years across the country.