On Tuesday, January 12, Fairfax County Public Schools accepted delivery of its first Thomas built electric bus at the Stonecroft Transportation Center. It is the first of eight electric buses that FCPS’s Area 3 will be receiving.
The purchase of the buses was partially covered by a Dominion Energy grant.
Electric school buses in FCPS will benefit not only the school division and its community but the entire national capital area as they will help reduce carbon emissions, serve as a resource for national emergency planning efforts, and provide stability and capacity to the grid with meeting increasing energy demands. These Thomas-built buses will join FCPS’ current fleet of roughly 1,625 diesel-fueled buses and will help reduce operation and maintenance costs.FCPS
The charging infrastructure has been installed at the Stonecroft Transportation Center, which will be maintained directly by Dominion Energy.
Thomas Electric Bus Features
- Runs emissions-free; reduces noise pollution; uses no fossil fuels; helps you save on operating costs
- Includes specialized battery packaging for increased safety
- Drives up to 65 mph
- Accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 45 seconds
- Has up to a 135-mile operating range
- Built with up to 220 kWh power
- Charges in 2-3 hours at a DC charging station
- Electricity has the lowest and most stable operating cost of any fuel