Fleets of internal combustion engine vehicles all over the world are gradually being replaced with electric vehicles (EVs), many of which are school buses. Some countries such as the United States have set funding for its Clean School Bus Program Grants. Here’s what you need to know about how to choose the right charging stations for your school’s EV bus fleet.
Switching to electric buses not only reduces air pollution but also saves money on fuel and reduces maintenance costs. And with more and more schools transitioning to electric buses, it's important for schools to choose the right charging stations to keep their fleets running smoothly.
The type of charger a school needs depends on the size of its bus fleet, how far they need to travel, and the available power at your bus depot.
Grasen recommends that schools have a mixture of Level 2 chargers and DC Fast Chargers. By having both Level 2 chargers and DCFCs, you can reduce installation costs while meeting different charging requirements.
Level 2 chargers like Grasen's dual 22kW AC EV charger can charge a battery in four to seven hours (depending on various factors), while a level 3 DC charging station like 30kW or 60kW can generally charge vehicles within an hour. Between these two types of chargers, you will be able to leave vehicles to charge overnight or when they’re not being used. When you need a vehicle to be charged quickly, you will access to fast charging too.
Dual Ports AC EV Charger
Compact Design & Easy Installation
Ultra-fast DC Charger
Schools can also benefit from smart charging stations that can be programmed to charge buses during off-peak hours when electricity rates are lower. Besides, remote updates and maintenance functions will be necessary for fleet owners.
Switching to electric buses is a win-win for schools and the environment. By taking advantage of government program grants and choosing the right charging stations, schools can make the transition to electric buses with ease and ensure a cleaner, greener future for their students. Contact the Grasen sales team today to get a custom charging solution.
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