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Peoria Gets a Charge From Cummins-Powered Vehicle-to-Grid School Buses

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In March Cummins unveiled the first two DC fast charge vehicle-to-grid (V2G) enabled school buses to Peoria, IL. The benefit of these buses goes far beyond zero-emissions, reliability and performance. V2G technology enables energy stored in the battery to be exported from the electric vehicle back to the power grid. The vehicles can actually deploy the power to anything that may need it meaning that backup power during emergencies or energy needed to power buildings in metro areas could be derived from the energy stored by the buses. This capability is  also known as vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology.

“Cummins is excited to leap into the next era of connectivity and distributed energy resource management,” said Amy Davis, Vice President and President of New Power at Cummins. “In a creative endeavor, our teams have helped innovate a proprietary method to initiate bi-directional energy transfer at a time when a standard has yet to be set.”

Since July 2020, all Cummins-powered Blue Bird electric school buses have been V2G capable, which indicates the hardware for the technology has been installed on the bus. Cummins has since worked with green technology company, Nuvve, to develop and deploy the necessary software to be paired with compatible chargers. Starting mid-2021, all Blue Bird electric school buses delivered will be fully equipped with V2G hardware and software. Cummins-powered Blue Bird electric school buses already delivered with the V2G hardware will be receiving the V2G enabling software by the end of 2021.

Visit cummins.com to view the full article and learn more about this exciting new technology.

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