Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses has just revealed their first electric bus, and it arrives as more districts are making the jump to electric transport.

The Saf-T-liner C2 Electric Bus official name is a bit of a mouthful. So Thomas gave it a more kid-friendly name. Jouley, named for the unit of energy the joule.

The new bus has a 100-mile range thanks to a 160 kilowatt-hour battery pack. If that’s not enough, optional packs are available for a longer range. Jouley uses Daimler’s electric vehicle resources to add zero-emission power to a traditional 81 seat bus.

Thomas expects production to start in 2019. The announcement comes just two days after competitor IC bus announced an electric bus of its own. The IC Electric Bus ChargE was developed in a partnership with Volkswagen Truck and Bus. IC Bus is part of Navistar.

That bus offers a 120-mile range, although battery specs weren’t given. It too is expected to arrive at playgrounds in 2019.

Blue Bird bus introduced a similar vehicle this summer, that hopes to start production next year.

But the electric school bus is already alive and well. Companies like Lion Bus have electric buses hauling students every day.

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The eLion is in service in several districts in Canada and has also made it to California. It drops the diesel engine for a motor with up to five battery packs. Three packs gives the bus a 50-mile range, five offers up to 100. The 19.2 kilowatt charger can charge the three-pack bus in under four hours. It does still use an auxiliary diesel heater for cold winter mornings, but the cost and emissions of the powertrain are still greatly reduced.

Lion’s electric school buses are now in trials with school districts in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and California. In the latter state, up to a $95,000 rebate is available to help schools go green. School districts in Sacramento were expected to have nearly 30 electric buses in their fleet by the end of this year.

California is making the biggest pushes in the move to electric buses. There, nearly $10 million is available as part of the Rural School Bus Pilot Project. The funding comes from Calfornia’s cap and trade emissions revenue.

Electrification works well for school buses. Rather than the full day’s driving that transit buses generally endure, school buses generally only drive one or two short routes, twice daily. That leaves lots of time in the middle to power up.

With more players in the market and trials growing, it looks like the days of students choking on exhaust at the back of the bus could be over.