Virginia’s First Electric School Buses have Arrived

We’re making big strides with little footprints. As the state’s leader in electric school bus deployment, we have delivered 50 Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley school buses to Virginia localities through the Dominion Energy Electric School Bus Program, and we’re planning for many more. Carrying the world’s most precious cargo – tomorrow’s leaders – our buses are part of a larger, global movement committed to making the world a cleaner place for our students and communities.

Map of Virginia showing localities with Jouley electric school buses


There is significant demand across Virginia for electric school buses, but for most localities, the upfront cost of an electric school bus is unattainable without the support of supplemental grants and incentives. On average, an electric school bus costs about three times the amount of a similar diesel-powered bus. The good news – there are many programs available to make purchasing an electric school bus possible for your school division! Learn more about funding opportunities for electric school buses.

Jouley the Electric School Bus

Thomas Built Buses has been moving the industry forward for more than 100 years. Now we’re driving it in a whole new way with the Saf-T-Liner® C2 Jouley™ electric bus.

The C2 Jouley is emissions-free, noise pollution-free and fossil fuel-free, helping you save operating costs, and maybe even the planet.

Ideal for in-town routes, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric bus is the latest chapter to providing proven, sustainable solutions today. And tomorrow.

Passenger Capacity
Up to 81

Up to 135 miles

Charge Time
Nominal charge in 2-3 hours at a DC charging station*

Battery Energy
Up to 220 kWh power

Electric System
DC Power

  • 295 peak horsepower
  • 0-60 mph acceleration in 49 seconds depending on final drive rear axle ratio
  • Standard SAE J1772 charging protocol
  • Over-the-air battery management software updates
  • Power-Save/Economy mode to extend range when required
  • Bilateral vehicle-to-grid capability
  • 2-speed transmission
  • Liquid cooled battery pack

Proterra Batteries

Proterra Battery

Founded in 2004, Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission, heavy-duty EVs and charging systems. The proof? Proterra has sold hundreds of battery-electric transit buses across the U.S. and Canada, and its batteries and drivetrains have proven performance through well over ten million miles in service.

Designed by an engineering team with deep automotive expertise in ground-up EV design and platform adaptation, Proterra® batteries check all the boxes:


  • Designed specifically for safe operation in heavy-duty transportation
  • Enclosed in ballistic-grade materials that can withstand the toughest conditions
  • Rigorously tested and third-party validated


  • Liquid-cooled to ensure optimal operation in any climate
  • Multiple sensors for continuous monitoring
  • Dynamically adjust over time for maximum performance


  • Highest efficiency for maximum range
  • Compact design for industry-leading energy density
  • DC charging yields a full charge in approximately three hours


  • Record-breaking range for heavy-duty vehicles
  • Efficient, smart, safe drivetrain technology for optimal performance in any climate

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Want to learn more about Jouley? Jouley has arrived in Virginia, and we're ready to tell you how the next stop could be your school district.