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We know that switching from diesel to electric is expensive and feels complicated. That’s why we offer turnkey packages and full or flexible financing options to meet your school bus fleet requirements.
We’ll help guide you through the process to create a solution perfectly tailored for your needs.
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A Simple, Reliable, and Affordable Way to Electrify Your Fleet
Using Nuvve’s intelligent charging solution, you’ll get:
- Operational savings by charging when rates are their lowest
- Guaranteed charge levels for daily driving duties
- Fast charge option for last-minute charging needs
- Less downtime for your fleets with 24/7 monitoring and maintenance included
- Expert guidance throughout your electrification process
Customized Solutions for Your School District’s Needs
Our turnkey solutions include the following options:
- Full financing with no upfront costs or flexible financing options
- V2G-capable electric school buses
- Charging stations (hardware) including installation and maintenance
- Nuvve’s proprietary V2G software platform for intelligent, managed charging
- Fleet management tools
- LCFS (low carbon fuel standard) credit program
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Features & Benefits
Fully Financed 360-Degree Solutions
Electrify your fleet with no upfront costs. From the actual vehicles and charging infrastructure to installation and financing plans, Nuvve can create a package tailormade for your needs.
Powerful, Reliable, V2G Charging
Nuvve’s vehicle-to-grid (V2G) software platform intelligently manages your fleet’s charging to help you save money and sell energy back to the grid to earn revenue.
Easy Fleet Management
Nuvve’s uber-intelligent software platforms allows you to manage your fleet remotely. You can set and get instant access to view vehicle charging status, schedule charge levels for each vehicle in your fleet, and trigger instant charging if needed.
Peace of Mind
Rest assured that your school bus fleet will provide reliable transportation that’s good for your kids and the environment with guaranteed levels of charge and 24/7 maintenance.
Nuvve has installation partners that provide a full turnkey solution or customers may opt to handle some aspects in-house.
AC charging relies on an on-board charger inside an electric vehicle to charge the battery. For electric vehicles such as school buses, the on-board charger is usually 19.2kW. In order to provide 19.2kW of power, it requires 80amps of capacity with 240V (80amps x 240volts = 19,200 watts). It’s still possible to charge a bus with lower voltage or a lower-rated charging station, but it will take longer to charge the bus.
DC charging can be a fast way to charge large electric vehicles including electric school buses. The charging stations can be designed for different-sized vehicles depending on their power ratings. Nuvve offers a 60kW DC option because it is a good balance of size, cost, and charge time for heavy-duty vehicles.
Currently, Nuvve requires one 60kW charging station per heavy-duty vehicle in order to maximize the V2G value. And while Nuvve is working on this feature for future charging stations, shared DC charging is an expensive solution. A 60kW DC charging station shared among three vehicles will output 20kW per vehicle while a Level 2 AC charger can provide 19.2kW of power at a much lower cost.
Smart charging, sometimes called V1G, refers to the ability to dynamically modify the charge rate or the charge time. This can help minimize the cost of charging a vehicle if a rate schedule is based on time of use (TOU), such as middle of the night versus peak demand hours.
Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) refers to bidirectional energy flow between an electric vehicle’s battery and the charging station. Energy can be transferred to a building (vehicle-to-building or V2B) the charging station is connected to in order to manage energy costs, or can be sent to the grid (V2G) to earn revenue on energy markets. Similarly, if the building possesses excess energy from solar panels, this energy may be stored in the electric vehicle and re-used at a later time.
See the matrix below for reference.
Currently the Blue Bird Vision (Type C) and Blue Bird All American (Type D) are V2G compatible. Additional products are planned for the future. Check with your bus manufacturer for the available models and upcoming launch dates.
No, the electric bus needs to be V2G-capable, use a CCS1 connector plug, and have technology integrations that allow bidirectional energy flow.
While AC charging can be V2G capable, in the U.S., electric buses cannot use AC charging for full V2G bidirectional charging due to the nature of the onboard inverter.
Nuvve developed and deployed a custom integration with select bus manufacturers that enables the bidirectional flow of energy between an electric bus and DC charging station using this type of connector.
A DCFC with V2G will help you save money in a more efficient, effective way through the precise control of energy flow in and out of a heavy-duty vehicle’s battery and to the electric grid; besides charging when rates are low, in certain areas, V2G allows vehicles such as electric buses to earn revenue by selling extra energy from their batteries back to the grid.
No, we can charge any vehicle that accepts DC fast charging, even if the vehicle is not V2G-capable.
Evaluate your bus routes to determine if you will have sufficient time to charge with a Level 2 versus DCFC charger. If you plan on growing your fleet, consider future-proofing your charging infrastructure (bus battery capacities keep improving so your charging station power needs to keep up). Choose a charging station that goes beyond “dumb charging” and allows flexibility on scheduling charge times to save on utility costs and more.
Government, education, municipalities and nonprofit agencies looking to electrify their fleets now have an easy and immediate access to Nuvve’s charging solutions through the Sourcewell contract. Learn more about how Sourcewell helps to make the buying process seamless and more affordable.