GreenPower Motor Company completed the manufacturing of its first four all-electric, purpose-built school buses at its West Virginia facility. The Type A Nano Beast school buses rolled out of the facility were delivered to Cabell County, Clay County, Kanawha County and Monongalia County school districts in West Virginia.
GreenPower took possession of the 80,000-square-foot facility in August of 2022 and prepared for the production of both the Type A Nano Beast and the Type D Beast all-electric, purpose-built school buses. The Nano Beast has been in production since June and production of the Beast will begin Q1 of 2024.
The Nano Beast is a Type A all-electric, purpose-built, zero-emission school bus with seating for up to 24 students, GreenPower said. The Nano Beast Access option has seating for up to 18 ambulatory passengers and up to 3+ Q’STRAINT wheelchair securements, complemented with a BraunAbility rear curbside lift. Production processes are in place at the facility to begin manufacturing the Beast, GreenPower’s all-electric, purpose-built, zero-emission 40-foot Type D school bus that can seat up to 90 passengers. Featuring a monocoque design, GreenPower said the Beast seamlessly integrated its aluminum body and chassis design form into a composite structure.
The newly announced Mega Beast option with a 387 kWh battery and up to 300 miles of range will also be manufactured in West Virginia, the company said.