Paramount Cottage Home, a Paramount Schools of Excellence campus, takes delivery of its first school bus, and it is electric! Cottage Home’s new vehicle offers multiple benefits to the community and Paramount students. The vehicle purchase honors Paramount’s promise to the Cottage Home Neighborhood Association to employ an electric bus to dramatically reduce the car volume on the campus site and reduce the pollution that would affect nearby homes. “We’re thrilled to accept delivery of the electric bus. Choosing an electric alternative versus diesel fits with Paramount’s dedication to sustainable practices, cutting-edge technology, and commitment to being a good neighbor,” notes Tommy Reddicks, Paramount School’s CEO.
As a zero-emission transportation solution, the vehicle reduces emissions harmful to human health and the environment. Other benefits of electric versus over diesel-powered transportation options include greater efficiency with fuel cost savings, plus lower maintenance and operating costs. The design incorporates additional student safety features, such as interior and rear back-up cameras and an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift and docking. With a 60 passenger capacity, the bus has a 125-mile range before needing to recharge.
Representatives from Lion Electric, the bus manufacturer, will be on-site for interviews and ride and drives. In celebration of the delivery, Lion Electric is making a generous donation to Project Lia, an organization designated by the Cottage Home Neighborhood Association.
Paramount Cottage Home is a Mayor-sponsored public charter school under the Indianapolis Office of Education Innovation provision. Information about Paramount Schools of Excellence and the new Cottage Home campus can be found at www.paramountindy.org.
Paramount Schools of Excellence
Paramount Schools of Excellence has three campuses located in the Indianapolis eastside neighborhoods of Brookside, Cottage Home, and Englewood. The schools exist to educate K-8 students in an innovative environment that instills high expectations for success. Currently, Paramount serves 1,250 students, with 76% from households at or below the poverty level. Paramount accomplishes its mission through an emphasis on rigorous academics, technology, and the environment. Paramount Brookside is designated an “A” school by the Indiana Department of Education and a 2018 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School. www.paramountindy.org
Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles. The company creates, designs, and manufactures all-electric class 5 to class 8 commercial urban trucks and all-electric buses and minibusses for the school, paratransit, and mass transit segments. Lion is a North American leader in electric transportation and designs, builds, and assembles all its vehicles’ components, including chassis, battery packs, truck cabins, and bus bodies.