It’s not quite Ms. Frizzle and her Magic School Bus, but the ride to school may be getting a bit more advanced.
Known as the eTrans, the 42-passenger Type-A bus will be engineered in conjunction with Smith Electric Vehicles, based in Kansas City. Trans Tech Bus CEO Dan Daniels says that the eTrans will be available in several models, with a maximum range between 45 and 120 miles per charge—perfect for the average school bus. It will take about eight hours to charge completely (only a little longer than the average school day), and run at a top speed of 50 mph.
Lots of people are concerned about adults making their daily commutes more environmentally friendly, but often forget that kids have a commute, too! Approximately 26 million elementary and secondary school-age children ride a school bus twice a day in the United States. The eTrans is just one way for some of the country’s littlest future environmentalists to get a taste of doing their part to green up our roads.