New school bus is pure magic … and electricity

Sure, the Magic School Bus is pretty cool. It can travel through space, shrink to fit in Ralphie’s blood stream and withstand heat when baked into a cake.

But have you ...

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New school bus is pure magic … and electricity

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We spend $3,184,457,143 on school bus fuel annually, according to the American School Bus Council. But a new bus on the road might change that.

Key Points

  • There’s a new magic school bus.
  • Its magical power is that it’s electric.
  • This could mean lower maintenance and fuel costs for school districts. 

Sure, the Magic School Bus is pretty cool. It can travel through space, shrink to fit in Ralphie’s blood stream and withstand heat when baked into a cake.

But have you ever wondered what fuel it runs on?

If it’s like the majority of the buses in the U.S., it probably runs on diesel. We spend $3,184,457,143 on school bus fuel annually, according to the American School Bus Council.

But a new bus on the road might change that.

The Jouley, named after the joule unit of energy, is Thomas Built Buses’ latest school bus model. It has a 100-mile, all-electric range and offers an option to add a battery pack for more range.

The company anticipates that the bus’s lower maintenance and fuel costs will make it affordable for school districts in the long-term.

Thomas Built believes communities will value the Jouley’s benefits beyond cost savings — like no noise pollution and no emissions. Jouley’s battery could even serve as a backup power source for schools or neighborhoods during power outages. And students will like its 120-volt and USB-charging ports for laptops and cellphones.

So, don’t freak out, Arnold, but you might want to consider staying home from your next field trip. It’s sure to be electric. 


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned a degree in political science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the governor’s office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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