eLion School Bus Test Drive – Video

3 years ago by Mark Kane 6

eLion School Bus

eLion School Bus

eLion School Bus

eLion School Bus

Lion Bus recently released video from tests of its all-electric eLion school bus, which has been under development for several months in Canada.

Partners in this project areLion, TM4 (motor and charger), B3CG ( Batteries)  and CNTA (engineering).

The 72-seater, with more than 100 kWh battery pack (cells supplied by EnerDel), should have range of at least 50 miles. According to the video, hundreds of miles were driven in a few days of tests.

Soon, we expect to see this bus on some regular routes.

“Lion Bus is proud to present to first test drive of its 100% electric school bus!”

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6 responses to "eLion School Bus Test Drive – Video"

  1. MTN Ranger says:

    I really think school buses have great potential for BEV. They usually go less than 100 miles a day and use a lot of fuel. Think of the how much a difference that would make considering there are almost half a million school buses in the US. http://www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org/issues/environmental-benefits

    1. Assaf says:

      +1!

      Also, with school bus less need to worry about prettifying the user interfaces to suck up to the spoiled American private-auto consumers 🙂

      Just like BYD has found its calling with e-Buses.

      In short: more of these, please, and fast. *And* govts. need to start setting aside funds to buy them for school districts. Those will pay off over a few years in fuel and maintenance costs.

    2. David Murray says:

      Agreed.. Vehicles with daily routes are the best candidates for fleet use of EVs. Mail trucks should be a no brainer.

    3. Anthony says:

      Reduced maintenance costs and more reliable busses would be huge for school districts.

      The only thing I wonder about is range and recharging infrastructure. A very large school district like the one I live in (320,000 kids) can mean a lot of miles per day. If the busses can be recharged mid day without too many issues (CCS 90kW) then I think it would work.

  2. EVerywhere says:

    I’m ready to drive a school bus! Where do I sign up?

  3. Ellison says:

    This is excellent, one big consideration is that many US school bus fleets are now privatized to a French company.

    They tend to run the cheapest, dirtiest diesel buses as soon as they get the contract. We need to require more of them, to make them use clean fuels like electric and cellulosic biodiesel for the sake of the children and our communities.