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.

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 - All-Electric School and Shuttle Buses

GreenPower Synapse 72 all-electric Type D school bus

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