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Alisal receives 100th Blue Bird electric bus

ALISAL USD receives 100th fully-electric Blue Bird Bus

New school bus, fully electric

Salinas, CA (April 14, 2020) — Alisal Union School District received the 100th fully-electric Blue Bird school bus two weeks ago. It's the first of its kind for the Alisal Union School District, and it was received from A-Z Bus Sales on March 27th.  The new bus will replace an aging diesel-powered unit in our fleet. It produces zero-emissions, helping reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions that affect students and communities.

"Alisal is committed to a clean environment and to preserving our natural resources for future generations," said Superintendent Jim Koenig. "The new 66-passenger Blue Bird bus will be a welcome addition to our fleet that will allow the district to discontinue use of a diesel bus that is over 20 years old."

Blue Bird’s electric buses offer benefits such as reduced maintenance costs (since these buses do not require oil or transmission fluid changes as well as having fewer parts) and quieter operation, as the drivetrain is whisper-quiet.

"It is so encouraging to see districts like Alisal introduce electric into their fleets, and look forward to the cost and air quality benefits they experience in coming years," said Mark Terry, chief commercial officer at Blue Bird Corporation. "They should expect a remarkable, positive difference in their maintenance and fuel-cost savings!"

Districts like Alisal are finding it affordable to bring these buses into their fleets with the help of grants and incentives provided by energy companies and clean air initiatives. "Alisal Union School District is grateful to the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District and Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP)," said Koenig. "This grant made this purchase possible for the District and its students."

A-Z Bus Sales has been assisting Alisal, among other districts, with helping secure grants towards the addition of electric buses to their fleets for many years. "We specialize in alternative fuel grant access and administration, and are excited to see that Alisal was able to secure a grant for this bus," said John Landherr, president of A-Z Bus Sales, which has delivered 100 all-electric school buses from Type C and D Blue Bird buses as well as Type A Micro Bird buses throughout California and Hawaii. "Alisal has also worked with us to build a service and training plan, to prepare their drivers and technicians for the road ahead with this new technology."

 Jim Koenig drives the bus

The entire Transportation Department is excited with the new bus, and they can't wait for students to return so they can't check it out. Even Mr. Koenig had a chance to give it a try. 

For the entire Blue Bird press release, click here