A North Amer­i­can Daim­ler sub­sidiary in­tro­duced its first bat­tery-pow­ered school bus for pro­duc­tion re­cently

A North Amer­i­can Daim­ler sub­sidiary in­tro­duced its first bat­tery-pow­ered school bus for se­ries pro­duc­tion re­cently

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Named af­ter the joule unit of en­ergy, ‘Jouley’ is the first all-elec­tric bus de­vel­oped by Thomas Built Buses, a sub­sidiary of global gi­ant Daim­ler.

The 81 pas­sen­ger Saf-T Liner C2 Elec­tric is equipped with Pow­erDrive 7000ev from Ef­fi­cient Driv­e­trains, a spe­cial­ist in elec­tric pow­er­trains.

The bat­tery power is 100 to 160kWh, which en­ables a range of up to 160 kilo­me­tres.

With ad­di­tional bat­tery mod­ules there is the op­por­tu­nity to in­crease the range.

The ve­hi­cle is con­trolled by Pow­erSuite ve­hi­cle con­trol soft­ware and Pow­erTracker telem­at­ics and di­ag­nos­tics sys­tem, which mon­i­tor the lo­ca­tion of the bus and ve­hi­cle con­di­tion in real time.

“Jouley is our first elec­tric bus and a work­ing ex­am­ple of not only how im­por­tant elec­tric ve­hi­cles are to us, but how im­por­tant they are to Daim­ler as a whole,” a com­pany spokesper­son says.

“It’s emis­sions-free, noise pol­lu­tion-free and fos­sil fu­el­free, help­ing you save op­er­at­ing costs – and maybe even the planet.

“Ideal for in-town routes, Jouley is the lat­est chap­ter in our joint com­mit­ment with Daim­ler to pro­vide proven, sus­tain­able so­lu­tions.”

The Saf-T-Liner C2 Elec­tric is slated to be in lim­ited pro­duc­tion in 2019.

Pic­tured: ‘Jouley’ will soon be a mode of trans­port for Amer­i­can stu­dents

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