WNY Bus Sales opens facility designed to help school district convert to electric fleets

New York Bus Sales today opened a 20,000 square foot, $4.5 million multipurpose facility in the city of Batavia. The facility will include office and training space as well as repair and storage areas. It is intended to help school districts and bus operators in Genesee County and the Western New York and Finger Lakes areas convert their fleets from diesel fuel to all-electric. The project is also committed to creating 24 full-time jobs.

Based in Chittenango, New York Bus Sales is one of the largest Blue Bird school bus dealerships in North America. The company’s facility will serve customers, including school districts, to help transition their bus fleets from diesel-fueled engines to all-electric bus fleets. New York has mandated that the state’s roughly 50,000 school buses be 100% electric by 2035.

“New York Bus Sales is thrilled to lead the charge on school bus electrification in New York State and truly appreciates everyone at the Genesee County Economic Development Center and National Grid for helping make this first-of-its-kind project a reality,” said Sean Finnerty, President, New York Bus Sales. “As the state begins to convert its school bus fleets to all-electric, New York Bus Sales is proud to be at the forefront of this very exciting journey and looks forward to helping school districts around the Western New York to make the transition to all-electric school. the buses. Genesee County’s favorable business climate and central location between Buffalo and Rochester made Batavia an ideal location for our new facility.

The GCEDC board approved a request from New York Bus Sales for approximately $400,000 in incentives and National Grid helped install charging stations and technology under the per-plug incentive program Company DCFC.

“New York Bus Sales is another project within the emerging green economy in Genesee County, as evidenced by the current construction of Plug Power’s green hydrogen facility at STAMP, the opening of a research and development facility for more efficient and renewable wind turbine bases in Bergen, and various solar projects across the county as well as other ongoing projects,” said GCEDC President and CEO Steve Hyde.

“Our Make-Ready program provides a range of technical assistance and financing for electric vehicle charging projects in our service territory in upstate New York,” said Ken Kujawa, regional manager of National Grid. “Working with New York Bus Sales is a great example of a company that is committed to innovation and sustainability while reducing greenhouse gas emissions while supporting the state’s climate emissions mandates. from New York.”

One of the first electric school buses will be delivered this summer to Lake Shore School District in Erie County. The school district received funding from the Truck Voucher Incentive Program through NYSERDA. Electric buses are almost identical to diesel-powered buses, the newer electric vehicles have a quieter engine as well as more technological capabilities and, most importantly, significantly reduce emissions.

Top photo: Ken Kujawa, WNY Regional Manager for National Grid, Greg Post, Batavia City Supervisor, Shelly Stein, Genesee County Legislative Speaker, Assemblyman Steve Hawley, Sen. State Ed Rath, CEO of GCEDC Steve Hyde and John Johnston, Vice President of New York Bus Sales

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