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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.


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.


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