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GreenPower Delivers 3 BEAST Electric School Buses to West Virginia, Appoints Dealer for the State

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Beast Type D electric school bus. Photo GreenPower

GreenPower Motor company Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of zero-emission, electric-powered, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, founded in Vancouver, B.C., announced the sale and delivery of three BEAST Type D all-electric school buses to the West Virginia Department of Education and the appointment of an independent dealer with locations across the state of West Virginia for GreenPower’s BEAST Type D and Nano BEAST Type A all-electric school buses.

“We are excited to be working with Monica Matheny and her experienced bus team who is a full-service dealer covering the state of West Virginia,” said Michael Perez, Vice President School Bus, Contracts and Grants for GreenPower. “The Matheny family has been selling and servicing commercial vehicles in West Virginia for more than 100 years. This relationship will help ensure that GreenPower school buses, manufactured in West Virginia, will be the school bus of choice across the state. It’s a partnership that further provides for economic development in West Virginia and puts an emphasis on kids’ health and well-being.”

Independent dealer

The dealer, headquartered in Parkersburg, West Virginia, will be the exclusive dealer for sales, parts and service for GreenPower school buses in the state of West Virginia and has initially agreed to purchase one BEAST and one Nano BEAST school bus from GreenPower for customers and demonstrations.

“I am pleased to learn of the new relationship between GreenPower and Monica Matheny and her team,” said West Virginia Secretary of Economic Development Mitch Carmichael. “Having these electric vehicles manufactured in West Virginia and on the road transporting our most precious commodity, school kids, means a healthier school day, a stronger West Virginia economy and future job markets for these same children.”

In addition to the buses to be purchased by the dealer, the West Virginia Department of Education has purchased and taken delivery of the three BEAST Type D school buses which will be used for the pilot project announced by Gov. Jim Justice in June. The pilot will commence in September as the school year begins. One Nano BEAST will also be purchased by the state later in the school year to expand the pilot to include a Type A all-electric, purpose-built, zero-emissions school bus.

GreenPower’s BEAST is a 40-foot Type D school bus seating up to 90 passengers and the Nano BEAST is a 25-foot Type A school bus which is available with standard seating or with ADA. Both the BEAST and Nano BEAST have a class-leading range of up to 150 miles with a monocoque chassis design and are built from the ground up to be battery-electric. The vehicles can charge up to 20 KW on a standard J1772 protocol or DC fast charge.

 

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