A Gold Coast school has bought what it says is the first electric school bus in Australia, with a plan to go fully electric over the next five years. Hillcrest Christian College bought a King Long bus with a 422kWh battery from Bus Stop, after one of its ten internal combustion engine buses caught fire earlier this year. School financial manager Rachel Collins says the school wants to be an early adopter but also wants the freedom to learn about how to use an EV while it still has access to a fleet of ICE buses. The school installed a 3 phase charger for the bus which provides charge up to 21 kilowatts, a much faster rate than of simply plugging the vehicle into the wall or using a single phase charger.

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