FOSTER CITY CA — School districts across California are taking advantage of generous state funding initiatives to replace aging diesel powered fleets with all-electric school buses powered by Motiv Power Systems. Creative Bus Sales, an authorized Motiv dealer, oversaw the latest order for 18 new zero-emission Starcraft eQuest school buses, slated for delivery to districts throughout the state this fall. Funding for the buses was provided by the state from North and South Coast Air Quality Management Districts.
“With more than 400,000 Motiv powered all-electric miles to date, we are thrilled to see more schools taking advantage of zero-emission school buses,” said Motiv founder and CEO Jim Castelaz. “The eQuest XL has been a proven performer, and is ideally suited for urban districts, so it isn’t a surprise that it has been so well received. Offering both sales and service, Creative Bus Sales has been an excellent partner for us, and we look forward to continuing to show school districts how easy and affordable it has become for schools to transition their fleets off of fossil fuels.”
The eQuest XL school buses are built on the Ford F59-based Motiv EPIC 6 chassis. The CARB certified, all-electric buses provide a maximum capacity of 48 passengers, and with 90 miles of range, provide ample capacity to complete their routes on a single charge. The eQuest XL buses also sport flexible ADA seating that can be configured to accommodate up to eight wheelchairs for routes serving students with special needs.
“Ford, Motiv and Starcraft are a perfect match. They are each industry leaders, and together, have a track record of delivering reliable, consistent performance,” said Joe Angeli, school bus sales manager at Creative Bus Sales. “Schools prefer the all-electric Starcraft eQuest XL for its unparalleled driving experience and ability to navigate congested city streets, while providing a smooth, quiet and emissions free ride.”
Districts receiving Motiv powered school buses include: seven Los Angeles districts (Los Angeles Unified School District, Covina-Valley Unified School District, Montebello Unified School District, Anaheim Elementary School District, Savanna School District, Coachella Valley Unified School, and Magnolia School District), Brawley Elementary School District in the San Diego region, and Gateway Unified School District in Redding, Calif. These districts join those in Long Island, Sacramento, Kings Canyon and San Bernardino in transitioning to all-electric Motiv powered buses.
About Motiv Power Systems
Founded in 2009, and headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Motiv Power Systems is committed to freeing fleets from their dependence on fossil fuels. EPIC (Electric Powered Intelligent Chassis) are CARB certified, GSA approved, and available for many configurations. These include walk-in vans, box trucks, work trucks, shuttle buses, school buses, trolleys and other specialty vehicles. An EPIC offers uncompromised performance and functionality, without the pollution, noise, heat, and vibration of gasoline or diesel power. Motiv is a Ford eQVM-approved provider of all-electric chassis for commercial trucks and buses, which benefit from engineering insights and support from Ford, to ensure safety and reliability. With more than 400,000 miles logged in Fortune 50 fleet deployments throughout North America, the EPIC family eliminates 100 percent of vehicle emissions, dramatically reduces operating and maintenance costs, and creates a healthier environment for riders and communities, while also reducing driver fatigue.
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