GreenPower Motor Scores Electric School Bus Deal In California – Video

SEP 10 2017 BY MARK KANE 11

GreenPower Motor has received commitments for eleven Synapse 72 electric school buses from six different school districts in the Southern and Northern Coast districts in California.

GreenPower Synapse 72 all-electric Type D school bus

Orders for the Synapse 72 all-electric Type D school buses are a result of a demonstration tour that the Canadian company conducted with School Bus Sales of California, Inc.

Assisting in the process is the California government, that offers generous incentives to purchase electric school buses – up to $95,000 through the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (“HVIP”).

If the school is within a disadvantaged community boundaries, the incentive is $15,000 higher (up to $110,000 total).

Moreover, the first three buses acquired by an operator nets an additional $10,000 voucher.

The Synapse electric buses are available in various configurations, and batteries up to 200 kWh.

GreenPower – All-Electric School and Shuttle Buses

GreenPower Synapse 72 all-electric Type D school bus

“GreenPower and School Bus Sales of California have been giving demonstrations of the Synapse 72 all-electric school bus to school districts and charter schools that were selected by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (“South Coast”) and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (“North Coast”) for funding directly tied to the purchases of all-electric school buses.

To date, GreenPower and School Bus Sales of California have secured commitments for eleven Synapse 72 school buses from six different school districts in the South Coast and North Coast districts. As part of the approval and purchase process, these school districts have advised the South Coast or North Coast of their intention to acquire the Synapse 72 and, where applicable, have asked School Bus Sales of California to apply to reserve funds from the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (“HVIP”) voucher project. A number of these school districts are also evaluating their long-term charging requirements in order to accommodate an even larger fleet of all-electric school buses than their initial secured order.

The South Coast AQMD has currently approved awards for Type C or Type D school buses and the associated charging infrastructure to select school districts. To be eligible for funding, an applicant must receive approval for HVIP funds from the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”). Including the HVIP voucher amount, the South Coast funds will be used to pay for the balance of the electric school bus up to a total of $368,000 plus another $20,000 for the related charging infrastructure. For the North Coast, the funding for a zero-emission school bus can be up to $400,000 with an additional $5,000 for the related infrastructure.

GreenPower and School Bus Sales of California are waiting for the distribution of grant agreements and completion of the HVIP process in order to move forward with these orders, and they expect purchase orders to be completed by September.

GreenPower’s Synapse 72 all-electric Type D school bus has already been approved by CARB for the HVIP voucher, which provides for up to $110,000 for each Synapse 72 sold for use in a disadvantaged community in the State of California.”

source: Green Car Congress

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It would be nice to turn one of these electric buses into a RV or for this company to make electric RV’s.

RV’s are some of the biggest gas drinkers on the road right now.

An electric RV could be refueled at an plug in RV park.

Yep! This would be an awesome application!

You could even include a 20 kw generator for charging your traction pack slowly if your boondocking.


I guess if you had the money you could also afford to drop a 3-4 kW PV system on the large roof just for extra when parked or even while driving. Would give you only about 20-25 extra miles of range a day on a good day but it would be enough to run the AC, heat pump and peripheral equipment negating those drains on the drive pack.

When I was in Denali Park Alaska we camped near the RV section. Those RV’s made tons and tons of noise from their none stop running engines. The group of 20 plus RV’s gave of a really nasty oily smell that went into the rest of the campground.

I think adding a large chunk of solar panels to the roof of the RV would be a good idea.

Also June in Alaska at the time has the 24 hours of midnight sun where the sun never sets.

Great news. The sooner all diesel school buses are replaced by EV buses, the better!

One interesting item this bus has is ‘in wheel’ motors.

I know high speed motors and gearboxes are cheap enough, but I’d still like to see the day when most ev’s have them.

Years ago, I wondered why elevators weren’t constructed with direct drive AC motors, when they were already using PWM/Inverters/Drives to run them. Years past and now the ‘slow speed’ AC motor direct drives are common place.

There’s nothing wrong with doing things the old-fashioned way, as is basically done with EV’s now – that of using a high speed AC motor along with helical gear reduction to a plain old ‘pumpkin’ (differential). But sooner or later Someone is going to streamline it by putting the motor in the wheel, as they have done here.

I know past ‘concepts’ were always met by ‘too much unsprung weight to have direct drive’ by all the big-experts. To which I’d always counter, ‘oh yeah? Well why do cars have ‘direct drive brakes then?’. (They could save alot of unsprung weight by putting it higher up on the gear train).

The unsprung weight argument may be valid for race cars, Jaguar put the brakes inboard by the differential. School buses are not going to be slaloming parking lot cones.

100k incentive? How much do they usually cost? And how does that compare to a diesel one?

Go find out and let us know.