10,000 US buses to go electric

SEA Electric and Midwest Transit Equipment have partnered to update 10,000 school buses with battery-electric power systems, the biggest deal of its kind to date

The partnership paves the way for a zero-emissions future for children’s transport in North America.


MTE, one of the largest school bus dealers in the country, will be able to provide clients with a near new 100% electric bus at a fraction of the cost of a new electric school bus.  The deal will cover both Type A and Type C school buses, with the deliveries scheduled over the next five years.

The company says buses will be powered by SEA Electric’s SEA-Drive power system that currently powers buses and work trucks on four continents and six countries with more than a million miles of real-world use globally.

"The partnership signifies a major step forward in reducing the carbon footprint of bus fleets, while also accelerating the industry to electrification at a desirable price point. Two to three re-powered buses can be delivered at the same price as a new electric bus."

"This commitment is the most significant in this segment to-date," says Tony Fairweather, founder and CEO of SEA Electric.

"It not only illustrates the appetite for transition to 100% electric transport, it defines the point-in-time that the commercial vehicle industry transitioned to sustainable scale, without the need for incentives."

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