Cabell County among first in state to receive fully-electric special needs school bus

By RealWV Staff,

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Four West Virginia counties will begin using fully-electric school buses this week, after the GreenPower Motor Company held a ceremony at their South Charleston facility to show off their Nano Beast vehicles. 

In a statement to MetroNews, GreenPower President Brendan Riley said, “Electric buses don’t typically get delivered under their own power, they get dropped off, and that’s expensive and has other bad optics to it, so building them close to where you’re deploying them is very important, and that’s part of our strategy.”

GreenPower Motors opened their facility in South Charleston last autumn, and has plans to expand it into a production hub supplying the entire east coast. West Virginia spent $15 million on the state’s initial order of 41 electric buses last spring. Cabell, Kanawha, Clay, and Monongalia Counties will be the first West Virginia school districts to utilize the buses. 

GreenPower Motors has produced two different types of buses thus far, both of which were on display Friday. The first is a full-size, 84-seater that spans 40 feet in length. The second, which will be utilized in Cabell County, is an 18-seat handicapped accessible bus, outfitted with multiple wheelchair lifts. 

GreenPower Motors is expecting to create as many as 900 news jobs in West Virginia over teh next several years. 

Read Katherine Skeldon’s full WV MetroNews report here. 

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