LOS ANGELES – GreenPower Motor Company Inc. (NASDAQ: GP) (TSXV: GPV) (“GreenPower”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of zero-emission, electric-powered, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles, announced today that the first BEAST school bus has been delivered to Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District consists of four high schools, with a fleet of over 30 buses. The transaction was facilitated by GreenPower’s distribution partner, Creative Bus Sales, one of the largest bus dealers in the country with 22 locations nationwide.
GreenPower’s BEAST (Battery Electric Automotive School Transportation), is an all-electric 40-foot Type D battery-electric school bus delivering a class-leading range of up to 150 miles on a single charge via a 194kWh battery pack. The bus can seat up to 90 passengers with standard features that include: air ride suspension, ABS disk brakes, and pass-through storage. Featuring a modern monocoque chassis, the BEAST is the safest, most durable, and reliable battery-electric school bus available on the market. The BEAST’s seamlessly integrated body and chassis design form a composite structure which is the GreenPower Truss(T) factor.
Brendan Riley, President of GreenPower commented, “This first BEAST delivery represents the culmination of several years of planning and a great deal of hard work that has gone into the production ramp over the last several quarters. We are now in a position to see BEAST deliveries accelerate through the end of the year and well beyond.” Riley continued, “We applaud Santa Maria for their commitment to provide clean, healthy transportation to their students and look forward to assisting school districts across the country with the electrification of their fleets.”
Ryne Shetterly, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, commented, “The BEAST not only meets the logistical requirements of customers but also comes standard with many appealing features that are typically considered upgrades within the industry. We are offering a highly desired product at a competitive price and customers are sharing this view. We have tremendous enthusiasm for this vehicle and look forward to working with leading-edge school districts like Santa Maria.”
Jason Hohalek, School Bus Sales Manager at Creative Bus Sales added, “There is an incredible amount of excitement around the BEAST and this initial delivery will help propel the product to the next level. The vehicle is a complete solution that allows school districts to get all the bells and whistles, but most importantly, ensures that we are providing a safe, reliable, emissions-free ride for students, drivers, and the surrounding community.”