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Los Angeles Unified School District orders 180 Blue Bird electric buses

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) ordered a record 180 electric, zero-emission school buses from Blue Bird Corporation, including 150 All American and 30 Vision model buses. The order is the single largest order of electric school buses from a school district in Blue Bird’s history.

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Blue Bird All American


LAUSD anticipates delivery of the first buses in October 2024 and for the order to be fulfilled in early 2025. LAUSD already operates twenty-six Blue Bird electric school buses in its fleet.

Both model vehicles have a range of up to 130 miles on a single charge. Based on LAUSD’s future charging infrastructure, the buses could take between three and eight hours to recharge fully.

Blue Bird electric buses come standard with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability. This bi-directional charging technology will allow LAUSD to potentially sell excess energy stored in school bus batteries back to electric power companies at a profit. In addition, V2G programs help balance demands on the grid and improve grid resiliency.

Blue Bird recently celebrated the milestone delivery of its 1500th electric school bus—an industry first. The company’s zero-emission vehicles now operate across 41 US states. Blue Bird has invested in expanding its electric school bus production capacity. The bus manufacturer opened its Electric Vehicle (EV) Build-up Center, which will enable Blue Bird to build up to 5,000 electric school buses a year in the long-term.