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GreenPower Drops Off Full-Size Electric Bus, With More To Come

A yellow school bus, powered by electricity sits in the lot outside the factory where it was built as a company official talks to a TV news crew with a blue sky overhead on a summer day.
A D-Type BEAST GreenPower built for Kanawha County Schools, outside the company's factory in South Charleston.
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A factory in South Charleston continues to roll out electric school buses for West Virginia districts.

GreenPower on Thursday delivered its first full-size BEAST model electric bus to Kanawha County Schools built in South Charleston.

The district has another three on order. All four are part of a total order of 37 statewide to replace diesel buses. They will be delivered by the end of the year, the company said.

Wood County is set to get four also, while Monongalia and Harrison counties will receive three each. 

GreenPower was awarded $18.5 million in December to build 47 buses for West Virginia districts.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the state another $2 million for clean buses last month.

Kanawha County used its own school bus replenishment funds to pay for the BEAST that was delivered on Thursday. It also has ordered the company’s smaller Nano BEAST model.

A Type-D BEAST, the one that was delivered Thursday, seats 90 passengers and has a range of 150 miles. Its aluminum body is made by Constellium, which has a plant in Jackson County.