Come see Agency for Energy-sponsored electric school bus at Mich. Assn. for Pupil Transportation Conference in Lansing

June 20, 2017

Contacts: Nick Assendelft (Michigan Agency for Energy), 517-284-8300

LANSING, Mich. – The iconic yellow school bus is going green. The vehicles that pick up thousands of children at bus stops across Michigan each day could soon be kicking its diesel fuel diet and relying on battery power.

The Michigan Agency for Energy car (MAE) is sponsoring a demonstration of the eLion electric-powered bus Wednesday at the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation conference and trade show at the Lansing Center. Other sponsors of the demonstration are DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Dean Transportation and MAPT. MAE is also a major sponsor of the MAPT conference.

Conference attendees will be able to climb aboard the bus for a two-mile trip outside the Lansing Center. Inside the center, the power train and motor that powers Lion Bus’ eLion will be on display.

Ahead of the bus ride demonstration, there will be an 11 a.m. public news conference about electric buses.

“The Michigan Agency for Energy supports innovative technology that reduces energy waste and promotes a healthy environment for students,” said Valerie Brader, Executive Director of the Agency for Energy. “The electric school bus is a smart way to teach students that transportation needs can be met with alternative fuel vehicles, as well as show school administrators that electric buses are an option for their transport fleets.”

Canadian bus manufacturer Lion Bus says its eLion full-size electric-powered school bus has a 75-mile range.

The MAPT conference and trade show is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday, June 22, at the Lansing Center, 333 East Michigan Ave., Lansing.

The Michigan Agency for Energy works to advance an adaptable, affordable, reliable, and environmentally-protective energy future for Michigan. Through innovation and best practices, MAE encourages investment in new technologies to make Michigan’s energy future more affordable and sustainable.

The Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation promotes safe and effective pupil transportation through demonstration, education and information. MAPT also sponsors the annual Michigan School Bus Driving Championship where drivers are tested on their skills behind the wheel and their knowledge of proper school bus procedures.

For more information about MAE, please visit www.michigan.gov/energy or sign up for its listservs to keep up on MAE matters.

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