GreenPower manufactures and distributes all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles for various sectors — including cargo and delivery, shuttle and transit, and school buses.
“Today marks the next phase of GreenPower’s entry into the New York school bus market,” said Michael Perez, GreenPower’s VP of school bus, contracts, and grants. “We have worked closely with Leonard Bus Sales to be on the state contract, meet the state specs, and be listed by NYSERDA. School districts throughout the Empire State are looking forward to deploying GreenPower school buses when making the switch from NOx emitting diesel buses to a cleaner, safer ride for their students.”
Chatham Central School District, a rural community in Upstate New York, has placed the first order for a GreenPower Type A Nano BEAST. Another Nano BEAST purpose-built school bus will serve as a demo vehicle that Leonard Bus Sales will use to introduce schools throughout the state to GreenPower’s all-electric school buses.
Governor Kathy Hochul has recently announced the opening of an application process for $100 million in funding for zero-emission school buses. Early adopters can now purchase GreenPower school buses with financial support from the state, in preparation for the all-electric deployment required by the 2027 state electric school bus mandate.
New York accounts for about 10% of the school bus fleet nationwide with approximately 50,000 school buses transporting 2.3 million children. New York State’s fiscal year 2022-2023 budget established a commitment for all new school buses purchased to be zero-emission by 2027 and for all school buses in operation to be electric by 2035. The budget includes funding to help districts transition to all-electric buses with an additional $500 million through the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022.
“GreenPower’s Nano BEAST, as well as the BEAST, are excellent options for school districts in New York that are making the switch from conventionally powered buses to battery electric,” said Jon Leonard, president of sales at Leonard Bus. “The combination of GreenPower’s purpose-built school buses and the unparalleled service and support provided by Leonard Bus Sales makes it very easy for school districts to begin transitioning their fleets to all-electric.”
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