IC Bus’s chargE Electric School Bus Hits The Road Today

MAR 24 2018 BY MARK KANE 15

IC Bus, a subsidiary of Navistar, announced a national electric bus tour with its chargE unveiled in 2017.

Today, IC will send its EV out on the West Coast leg. The first stop is at the California Association of School Transportation (CASTO) State Board of Directors 50th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

“On the first leg of the tour, chargE will visit more than 10 locations throughout the West Coast to provide an up close and personal opportunity for bus industry stakeholders to experience the electric IC Bus® CE Series concept school bus developed with Navistar’s alliance partner, Volkswagen Truck & Bus.”

IC Bus intends to make use of the year 2018 to raise interest in chargE and prepare for production from 2019 on.

The all-electric range is to be 120 miles (193 km), while the electric motor is rated at 260 kW.

IC Bus

“The national tour will include scheduled stops at trade shows, school visits, and local government events throughout the country, including locations in and around Sacramento, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, to provide customers with high-touch learning events with chargE.”

“The chargE concept electric school bus incorporates a common group electric drivetrain from Volkswagen Truck & Bus that is quiet, does not produce any emissions, and can be built to address any school bus customer’s specific requirements. The range of the chargE can exceed 120 miles, while the powertrain can deliver up to 260 kW (about 349 peak horsepower).

As an early example of Navistar’s alliance with Volkswagen Truck and Bus, which will also include a previously announced electric medium-duty truck for the North American market, the chargE brings together multiple concepts and technologies that will shape the school bus of the future. It also includes camera technology, connected systems and remote diagnostics that support vehicle safety, uptime, and more efficient vehicle inspections.”

“The company originally unveiled the chargE at the 2017 National Association for Pupil Transportation Annual Conference and Trade Show, and will be launched as early as late 2019 or early 2020. The chargE was designed to give customers a zero-emissions school bus option while lowering the total cost of ownership and offering user-friendly options.”

Trish Reed, vice president and general manager, IC Bus said:

“We’re excited to showcase our electric school bus with industry stakeholders on the West Coast and throughout the country. Our electric school bus is another example of how IC Bus is driving the future of school bus transportation. In addition to providing our customers with an electric school bus vehicle, we’re focused on giving them a total electric transportation solution.”

“Taking chargE out on the road and visiting communities across America is at the heart of what we do here at IC Bus. While we will showcase the latest technology and innovation that helps to make the job of a driver easier and more satisfying, we will listen to our customers and use their feedback to help us further inform and enhance our design and product. It’s part of a philosophy that we call DriverFirst™.”

“As the only OEM that offers a fully integrated electric school bus, we’re excited to introduce this vehicle to our customers. Customers can rest assured that their long-term investment in our electric school bus will be backed by two global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and the industry’s strongest North American dealer network.”

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A concept electric school bus? Are we back in 2012? There’s electric buses at my kids school that transport kids everyday. I think the company name is Leon or Lion…

Motiv, Lion and others make EV school buses.

yes this is correct these buses are already transporting happy kids free of pollution

Wow, I wish there was anything like that over here on the east coast.

None in Pennsylvania.
Great not to expose younger kids to diesel and have the fuel savings pay for the bus.

At the risk of sounding like a fanboi, Tesla could make a way cooler looking better performing school bus. Probably best that they focus on what’s currently on their plate than continue branching out though.

At the risk of stating the obvious, people expect school buses to look a certain way… that way. I am sure Tesla could make a Christmas tree that looks way cooler and is more aerodynamic 🙂

Only in ONE country…

So, are you stating the look of the Tesla Semi ‘Nose’, on a School Bus would be ‘Unrecognizable’ as a School Bus, even if painted in Mandatory School Bus Yellow?

And where is the law that says the Back of a School Bus MUST Be Flat, or Square?

Basically, the Motors from a Model X 100D, and a double Model X Nattery of 200 kWh, would ne a good start on the baseline undercarriage! Should be able to get 200+ miles range with that! Might want to drop Top Speed down from 155 Mph, to a more sedate 85-90 Mph for the School Bus, which gear changes would give it, a ‘Sit yo Azz Down’ level of acceleration, too!

I don’t think a Tesla school bus with autopilot sounds like a very good idea at the moment. But then again it’d have flashing red lights for everything else to get out of it’s way!

Some data and facts would have been nice …

I wish they’d just run articles with perhaps video on the products they offer, how they make them, installation, etc. That would be significantly more interesting and frankly more productive from a marketing perspective.

A North America -only product, of course. Other countries don’t have the bizarro US regs that require school buses to be differently designed than standard buses, making them inefficient to produce.
And no, it’s not a safety issue… I was surprised to find out US school buses typically don’t have seat belts…

That has always baffled me. It’s a BUS first & foremost; why the distinction? Discrimination?

Well how about that here we have regulations probably put in place in the 1950s that need to be updated and nothing is done. Yet regulations added in the last decade to protect the environment are eliminated.
Clearly someone in office is nostalgic about the good old days. SAD hahaha