Claire Schrantz

Lakeville, MN Debuts Midwest’s First Fully-Electric School Bus

Claire Schrantz
Lakeville, MN Debuts Midwest’s First Fully-Electric School Bus

Suburban Twin Cities-area schools are known for excellence, whether that’s measured by statewide rankings or capture rates

Now we have one more thing to brag about: the Midwest’s first fully-electric school bus, servicing students of the Lakeville school district, thanks to Minnesota’s “First-Of-Its-Kind Program.” 

“An electric school bus just makes sense,” David Ranallo, spokesman for Great River Energy, told FOX 9. “Just from an overall emissions standpoint.” The bus is also expected to reduce operation, maintenance and fuel costs.

Ranallo points out that the new bus - one of just 100 across North America - eliminates emissions and diesel exhaust. 

Dubbed the eLion, this bus has five rechargeable batteries clocking about 100 miles-per-charge… generous, given the average U.S. school bus route of 66 miles a day.

Lakeville schools are following the lead of Minnesota Metro Transit, one of the nation’s first systems to implement hybrid and hybrid-electric busses, the latter accounting for 15% of Metro Transit’s fleet.

A few organizations made Lakeville’s new eLion possible: Great River Energy, Dakota Electric Association, Schmitty and Sons, and the Lion Electric Company. 

Source: Fox 9