Thomas Built goes electric

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Thomas Built all-electric school buses will go into service from 2019. DAIMLER

USA The North American Daimler subsidiary, Thomas Built Buses, has introduced its first all-electric school bus for series production. Starting in 2019, the emission-free Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus or short Jouley will safely transport up to 81 children all over North America to school. A160kWh battery pack provides a range of up to 160km although additional battery packs are optional offering a higher range.

During the development of the Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus Thomas Built Buses was able to draw upon Daimler’s electric technology resources. Thomas Built Buses was founded in 1916 and is well-known for its yellow school buses that have appeared in films and on television. With a market share of 38.7% the company is the leading manufacturer of school buses in North America.