Nine Calif. School Districts Select Motiv Power Systems-Equipped All-Electric School Buses

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 SystemsCreative 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. The new sales bring the number of Motiv powered vehicles to 78.

“With more than 400,000 Motiv powered all-electric miles to date, we are thrilled to see more schools taking advantage of zero-emission solutions to protect our children from harmful diesel emissions,” said Motiv founder and CEO Jim Castelaz. “The all-electric eQuest XL has been a proven performer, and is ideally suited for urban districts, so it wasn’t a surprise that the majority of districts in Southern California ordered them. Creative Bus Sales has been an excellent dealer for us, and we look forward to continuing our work to show districts how easy and affordable it has become for schools to transition their fleets off of fossil fuels.”

The Type-C eQuest XL school buses are built on the Ford F59-based Motiv EPIC 5 chassis. The CARB certified, all-electric buses provide a maximum capacity of 48 passengers, and with 85 miles of range, provide ample capacity to complete their routes on a single charge. The eQuest buses also sport flexible ADA seating that can be configured to accommodate up to eight wheelchairs for routes serving students with special needs. Creative Bus Sales will also be servicing the vehicles.

“California school districts have some of the dirtiest fleets in the industry. Transitioning them to a clean, all-electric alternatives is essential to the health and safety of both children and drivers,” said Joe Angeli, school bus sales manager at Creative Bus Sales. “Schools prefer the 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, California. These districts join those in Long Island, New York, Sacramento, Kings Canyon and San Bernardino, in sustainable fleet transportation, and bring the total number of districts using the Motiv EPIC chassis to 14.

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% of vehicle emissions, dramatically reduces operating and maintenance costs, and creates a healthier environment for riders and communities, while also reducing driver fatigue.

About Creative Bus Sales

Creative Bus Sales is the nation’s largest bus dealership, representing over 20 top manufacturers in multiple strategic locations across the country. Hundreds of units in stock allows Creative to offer fast delivery of new and used bus sales, online parts ordering, nationwide service, warranty, in-house financing, and alternative fuel conversions, including CNG, propane and electric. Visit or on social media: Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Inquiries can also be directed to: 800-326-2877 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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