Navistar Plug-In Hybrid Bus Improvements Funded By USDOE: Who Wants A Magic Bus?


(Magic) Hybrid school bus, by Navistar.

This is an update of an earlier post titled Plug-In Hybrid School Buses Introduced. Navistar has some good design magic that the stimulus package will let them share with school kids. US DOE has selected the firm for a "cost-shared award of up to $10 million--half of the total projected cost. As part of the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Technology Acceleration and Deployment Activity program, Navistar will develop and deploy 60 plug-in electric hybrid buses to fleets across the nation during a multi-year program."

Navistar's IC Bus is the only bus manufacturer that currently offers a plug-in hybrid school bus. In the proposed project, Navistar will work to further develop the plug-in hybrid bus into a vehicle capable of all-electric drive for extended periods. This proposed vehicle will have engine-off driving capability, saving fuel and reducing emissions while traveling on electricity only.
Hard pressed school board members everywhere are listening to Administrators sing

"I want it..." Just like The Who did in Magic Bus.

Sort of an updated 'call and response.'

Magic Bus, Magic Bus, Magic Bus, Magic Bus

I want it, I want it, I want it...(You can't have it!)

Think how much you'll save...(You can't have it!)]

I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it ... (You can't have it!)

( can hear the full song on WhoTube.)

Well, eventually, 60 of them 'can have it.'

UPDATE: Navistar gave kids a shot at winning one for their school with an essay contest.

Nationwide Search for 'America's Greenest School’ Kicks Off Winning School to Receive Hybrid School Bus From IC Bus Students, Teachers, Parents Encouraged to Help Improve Environmental Impact of Schools Through New Campaign
Winners to soon be announced. Prize as follows:-
The winning school will receive a plug-in hybrid school bus from IC Bus, which can increase the fuel efficiency of standard school buses by up to 65 percent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40 percent. The hybrid school bus has an estimated retail value of $200,000. The student who submits the winning essay will win a $5,000 scholarship. Sponsoring teachers may receive $3,000 to use toward educational materials.