GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles serving the cargo and delivery market, shuttle and transit space and school bus sector based out of British Columbia, announced its first orders for the Type A all-electric, purpose-built, zero-emission Nano BEAST school bus for the New York market through its dealer Leonard Bus Sales.
“Today marks the next phase of GreenPower’s entry into the New York school bus market,” said Michael Perez, GreenPower’s Vice President of School Bus, Contracts and Grants. “We have worked closely with Leonard Bus Sales to be on the state contract, meet the state specs and be listed by NYSERDA. School districts throughout the Empire State are looking forward to deploying GreenPower school buses when making the switch from NOx emitting diesel buses to a cleaner, safer ride for their students.”
“GreenPower’s Nano BEAST, as well as the BEAST, are excellent options for school districts in New York that are making the switch from conventionally powered buses to battery electric,” said Jon Leonard, President of Leonard Bus Sales. “The combination of GreenPower’s purpose-built school buses and the unparalleled service and support provided by Leonard Bus Sales makes it very easy for school districts to begin transitioning their fleets to all-electric.”
With the recent announcement that Governor Kathy Hochul opened the application process for $100 million in funding for zero-emission school buses, early adopters will now have the opportunity to purchase GreenPower school buses with financial help from the state and the ability to start planning all-electric deployments before the 2027 state electric school bus mandate.
New York accounts for about 10% of the school bus fleet nationwide. Their budget includes funding to help districts transition to all-electric buses with an additional $500 million through the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. The application process will open on November 29. Leonard Bus Sales and GreenPower are available to help school districts through the funding process.