In a new report on the grant program, the EPA also says that the funding has helped clean up 335,200 tons of NOx and 14,700 tons of particulate matter.
School buses are among the eligible vehicles to be retrofitted or replaced in the latest round of Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding.
At ASBC’s Love the Bus event in rural Sloughhouse, California, dignitaries from Congress and the EPA cite the benefits of school buses, and students in yellow T-shirts show their spirit.
The document offers strategies for limiting students’ exposure, including ventilation and filtration, school siting decisions, anti-idling policies and school bus fleet upgrades.
The e-Quest XL electric bus, a Starcraft body on a Ford F59 chassis, uses a Motiv electric powertrain. Motiv and Creative Bus Sales partner to launch the new bus.
The supplier’s engine lineup meets the current EPA regulations and the second step in greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency standards, which take effect in 2017.
The third round of DERA rebates will go toward replacing or retrofitting 400 older diesel school buses in 35 states.
Several school bus-related projects are among those awarded grants to retrofit and replace old diesel vehicles and equipment.
Adomani Inc. and A-Z Bus Sales form an agreement to convert and maintain hybrid and all-electric school bus fleets.
The rebates are for replacing older school buses or — in a new option for the program this year — installing retrofit technology to reduce emissions.
In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Hammond Transportation points to lower maintenance costs as one of its reasons for buying propane buses.
The funds will offset the incremental costs for 16 propane buses for Fort Worth Independent School District.
Cummins Westport’s ISB6.7 G is a 6.7-liter mid-range natural gas engine that is based on the Cummins ISB6.7 diesel engine platform.