During the Work Truck Week 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ford Pro’s Global Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, Wanda Young, showcased the vehicle at the Ford Pro booth at the show. The E-Transit is a big sales success for Ford, accounting for almost three-quarters of the entire EV van market in 2022 by offering a number of different configurations and packages aimed at various businesses.
According to Ford, the E-Transit can save 57% of the CO2 output when compared to gas-powered vans of the same sort. Adding a school bus could help cut emissions nationwide and increase Ford’s market share. Although Ford has not released pricing, production details, or range estimates for the school bus package on the E-Transit, government incentives could make purchasing electric school buses nearly free for many school districts.
please come to a full stop!— Wanda Young (@WandaY_FordPro) March 9, 2023
Excited to share #ETransit is the first van from a full line automaker to offer a Type A #schoolbus package on an electric powertrain. Talk about versatility!
Stop by the Ford Pro booth @ NTEA #WorkTruckWeek to see it and our software + charging. pic.twitter.com/09XbvrPEgt
School districts can get up to $375,000 to swap out their old diesel-powered buses for all-electric ones. Additionally, the Inflation Reduction Act allows for another $20,000 in credits for EV charging infrastructure. Therefore, many school districts can take advantage of these incentives to buy at least a few E-Transit school buses.
The timing of the introduction of the all-electric Type A school bus based on the E-Transit van is perfect because, in some places, governments require school districts to make the switch to electric buses in the near future. For instance, New York is committed to changing over its entire fleet no later than 2035, while Boston is already in the process of replacing its old diesel and propane-powered buses with an estimated completion date of 2030.
Source: Wanda Young via Twitter