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Thomas Built Buses First Electric School Bus Powered by Proterra Technology Receives CEC Grant Eligibility

California schools can now purchase the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley Using CEC Funds

High Point, N.C. – July 26, 2019 – Leading school bus manufacturer, Thomas Built Buses Inc. has announced eligibility for funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for its first electric school bus, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley powered by Proterra electric vehicle technology. Through this program, California school districts purchasing the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus are eligible for reimbursement of disposed older school buses approved under California Energy Commission GFO-17-607 grant program.

“We are proud to be part of the CEC program,” said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “Through state voucher and grant programs like this one, electric school buses are becoming feasible for districts across the nation. And, as more California districts purchase Jouley, we are moving one step closer to bringing electric buses to even more schools.”

The Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley, which recently also received full California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIPcertifications, is powered by Proterra electric vehicle technology. Proterra, headquartered in California, is a leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation with more than eight million miles of service in the transit industry. Together, Proterra and Thomas Built Buses are shaping the future of electric school buses.

Equipped with the same vehicle quality, durability, performance, safety and comfort as the popular Saf-T-Liner C2, Jouley has a quiet operation and zero emissions. Jouley is configured with 220 kWh of total energy capacity, a two-speed transmission, and an operating range of up to 120 miles. The Jouley can charge in about three hours with the Proterra DC charging system. Thomas Built Buses is the only OEM to offer schools a comprehensive, turnkey solution of electric school bus, commercial DC fast chargers from Proterra, and electrical infrastructure project management.

BusWest, the local Thomas Built dealership in California, will assist customers wishing to purchase a Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley with CEC funds. Part of the Velocity Vehicle Group, BusWest is known for its sales and support throughout the state of California. Through multiple locations in the state, BusWest is poised to offer support to customers prior to, during and following the purchase of an electric school bus. From charge management and infrastructure needs to driver training and driver adaptation, BusWest provides one-on-one support to customers to help ensure a successful integration of electric vehicles into any fleet.

Districts wishing to utilize CEC grants to purchase the Saf-T-Liner Jouley electric school bus can contact BusWest at or call 800-458-9199.

About Thomas Built Buses

Founded in 1916, Thomas Built Buses is a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America. Since the first Thomas Built bus rolled off the assembly line, the company has been committed to delivering the smartest and most innovative buses in North America. Learn more at or at

Thomas Built Buses, Inc., headquartered in High Point, N.C., is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of class 4-8 vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the FreightlinerWestern Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.

About Proterra

Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission electric transit vehicles and EV technology solutions for heavy-duty applications. Proterra provides a suite of products, services and financing options for a seamless transition to clean, quiet, battery-electric fleets. Designed for durability, safety and energy efficiency based on rigorous U.S. certification testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America, with offices in Silicon Valley, South Carolina, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit: and follow us on Twitter @Proterra_Inc.


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