BYD is bringing a Type A electric school bus to the Los Olivos Elementary School District in California, and as far as my eyes can see, it’s one of the cutest vehicles I’ve ever seen. The electric bus is called “The Achiever”.
Los Olivos Elementary School District is located in Santa Barbara County. Although there have been electric school buses in cities and counties across the United States, BYD notes that the Los Olivos Elementary School District aims to become the first school district to have a fleet of 100 school buses. % zero emissions (electric).
BYD is a major Chinese automaker, but it also has a long-standing electric bus factory in Lancaster, California. This is where the final assembly of The Achiever will take place. In particular, the people who will be assembling the adorable buses are members of Local 105 of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Union (SMART).
“We are deeply grateful to the BYD School Bus Team for their encouragement and genuine enthusiasm for our little school district’s giant dream of investing in a healthier future by going electric,” said Kathryn Roherer. , parent and volunteer of Los Olivos. “This is an incredible opportunity to share with our students and neighbors in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley that even the smallest of us can help advance the goals of sustainable infrastructure and environmental justice.”
In addition to BYD providing The Achiever, popular charging station company ChargePoint provides the charging solutions. “Through our partnership with BYD, we offer a turnkey solution for school districts looking to achieve their sustainability goals by electrifying their bus fleets,” said Rich Mohr, vice president, fleet, at ChargePoint. “Forward-looking neighborhoods like Los Olivos are having a positive impact within their community by implementing the infrastructure needed to support electrification. With this project, Los Olivos not only electrified the school bus fleet, but also extended the charging network to charge workplaces and public vehicles for staff and visitors.
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