Electric school buses continue to increasingly join school district fleets nationwide, especially as the latest figures from advocate the World Resources Institute indicate a 10-fold increase in committed units over the past year. As these electric buses reach school districts and bus companies, and with a new school year dawning, it is important to consider the new face of school bus maintenance for electric powered school buses.
Maintenance requirements for electric-powered buses as well as those using alternative fuels can be quite different from legacy diesel fleets. In many if not most cases, less overall maintenance and reduced costs are resulting. But new systems bring new and different maintenance policies and procedures that affect how maintenance is performed and managed.