Daimler introduces its first all-electric school bus in the U.S.
The North American Daimler subsidiary Thomas Built Buses introduced its first all-electric school bus for series production starting in 2019, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus, referred to as Jouley.
“Jouley is named after the joule unit of energy,” said Caley Edgerly, President and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “A joule is equivalent to the amount of energy that is dissipated as heat when an electric current of one ampere passes through a resistance of one ohm for one second. So we are having fun with Jouley.”
The first-generation Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus comes equipped with the PowerDrive 7000 eV powertrain from Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. PowerDrive is designed to provide 100-160 kW·h of battery energy and a baseline of 100-mi (160-km) range and an operating range up to 100 mi between charges, with an option for a higher range with additional battery packs. Among its features is the PowerSuite vehicle control software and the PowerTracker telematics and diagnostics system that tracks bus location and provides real-time monitoring of potential issues.
“Daimler Trucks North America is committed to developing sustainable mobility with an emphasis on battery electric vehicles,” said Roger Nielsen, Daimler Trucks North America president and CEO. “DTNA is the industry’s leader in alternative energy propelled vehicles, including a broad line-up of CNG-powered trucks and buses, and our series of propane-powered school buses and medium duty trucks. Our commitment to battery electric vehicles continues our strong leadership in matching our customers’ needs with the best powertrain for their application and environment.”
“We are pleased to debut the first-generation Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric School Bus,” said Edgerly. “Continuous improvement and innovation are core to both Thomas Built Buses and Daimler and we are excited to explore additional enhancements and features that can be leveraged with this new electric powertrain.”