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Default 2018 Electric Bluebird!

I know this isn't a Wanderlodge but it is still a Bluebird and I am amazed. This thing must be really strange to drive and ride around in.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXOpHbXukZM


Next step, solar?
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Not much range but pretty cool
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Well, in all fairness, it IS a school bus. I really wouldn't want my kids traveling around in a 70mph bus.


Since its electric, I bet it's much faster from a dead stop and wonder how it would tackle hills?
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600 volts on a 500lb motor? I bet that thing hauls ***.
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Exactly! My only experience with an all electric was going up against a new Tesla at a stop light. Didn't even hear him approach. The light turns green and he is shot straight out of a cannon! I may as well have been going in reverse. There was no revving up or winding up of the engine...it just went! I would love to drive one just to see what that feels like. Wonder if the bus...although much heavier...has that capability. Bluebird said they govern them at 60mph...all that means is you can monkey with it and get more from it.
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120 mile range, 160kwh battery, so it would take 14 hours to charge on a 50a/240vac line. Imagine how much power a bus fleet would need to have to make this work. That's 35 large solar panels' worth of power over 14 hours. At 11 cents per kwh it would cost $18 to charge so it costs 15 cents a mile to drive it.


But I can't believe school buses have a/c and seat belts. When did that happen?
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15 cents per mile is 1/3 what it costs to operate a diesel bus so I guess that's not too bad. Now we just need to upgrade the power grid to handle all of this. I'm sure that will be cheap.
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15 cents per mile is 1/3 what it costs to operate a diesel bus so I guess that's not too bad. Now we just need to upgrade the power grid to handle all of this. I'm sure that will be cheap.

Personal nuclear generators at every home is the only way this stuff will become practical. I don't see it happening. Everyone would need so many solar panels for all of this that you might never see the sun again.
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But I can't believe school buses have a/c and seat belts. When did that happen?


Since precious snowflakes started going to school. Can't have them melt now can we?
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15 cents per mile is 1/3 what it costs to operate a diesel bus so I guess that's not too bad. Now we just need to upgrade the power grid to handle all of this. I'm sure that will be cheap.
If you can charge them overnight, we won't have to upgrade a thing.
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