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School districts in California encouraged to order Blue Bird
Electric School Buses in Every Type through CEC Grant Funds

COLTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The California Energy Commission has announced the qualifying buses that
passed their Technical Evaluation phase and can be ordered through the
Clean Transportation Program’s Grant, GFO-18-604. School Districts in
California are eligible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant
funding towards Blue Bird’s Type A Electric Micro Bird, Type C Electric
Vision and Type D Electric Rear Engine school buses.

Blue Bird’s Electric buses in every model, some equipped with wheel
chair lifts, are eligible for the grant funding through this program.
The Micro Bird Type A Electric bus is equipped with a wheel chair lift,
and is qualified for over $291,000 in grant funding, while the Type C
Vision and Type D Rear Engine school buses with and without wheelchair
lifts qualify for over $319,000 in grant funding for each bus. Blue
Bird is the only manufacturer selected which has produced and delivered
Type A, C and D electric school buses to school districts that are
certified and currently operating in the state of California.

“We are proud to have passed the Technical Evaluation for this bid,
allowing districts to afford these amazing cutting-edge buses,” says
Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. “Blue Bird
pioneered electric school bus technology as early as 1994, and with our
proven, long-term partnership with Cummins, we know that customers can
depend on our new generation of electric buses.”

Blue Bird has been producing school buses since 1927, and has been
working with Electric technology in school buses since 1994. The Cummins
Electrified Power Division has over 12 years of hybrid and electric
drivetrain and vehicle integration, much of which has been focused on
the mass transit industry. The partnership between Blue Bird and the
Cummins electrification group delivers over 30 years of experience in
this growing segment.

The Blue Bird Electric school buses currently operating in California
have an established, reliable network of service centers that specialize
in electric bus technology.
“This is exciting for districts who are
now able to afford to bring Blue Bird’s electric buses into their
existing fleets,” said John Landherr, president of A-Z Bus Sales. “With
over twelve A-Z Bus service and Cummins service locations across the
state, districts can rest assured that these buses will be well
supported throughout their lifetime. It is a true win-win for students,
school districts and communities of California.”

For more information on how to apply and qualify for the Clean
Transportation Program GFO-18-604 grant, visit
or call (800) 437-5522.

About A-Z Bus Sales

A-Z Bus Sales, Inc. is a transportation dealer-distributor serving the
education, government, public sector, commercial and private fleet
markets with a broad portfolio of passenger transportation solutions.
The employee-owned company specializes in clean alternative fuel
products. A-Z provides sales, service, parts, and financing for both new
and pre-owned buses. Founded in 1976, A-Z Bus Sales has built a
reputation for long-lasting customer relationships, professionalism and
integrity, and the share positions in markets served. Headquartered in
Colton, California the company has multiple sales and service locations
serving California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. More information is
available at
or by calling 800.437.5522.

About Blue Bird Corporation

Blue Bird (Nasdaq: BLBD) is the leading independent designer and
manufacturer of school buses, with more than 550,000 buses sold since
its formation in 1927 and approximately 180,000 buses in operation
today. Blue Bird’s longevity and reputation in the school bus industry
have made it an iconic American brand. Blue Bird distinguishes itself
from its principal competitors by its singular focus on the design,
engineering, manufacture and sale of school buses and related parts. As
the only manufacturer of chassis and body production specifically
designed for school bus applications, Blue Bird is recognized as an
industry leader for school bus innovation, safety, product
quality/reliability/durability, operating costs and drivability. In
addition, Blue Bird is the market leader in alternative fuel
applications with its propane-powered, electric-powered and compressed
natural gas-powered school buses. Blue Bird manufactures school buses at
two facilities in Fort Valley, Georgia. Its Micro Bird joint venture
operates a manufacturing facility in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada.
Service and after-market parts are distributed from Blue Bird’s parts
distribution center located in Delaware, Ohio. For more information on
Blue Bird’s complete line of buses, visit


Justyne Lobello
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