The agency is offering $20,000 per vehicle to replace older school buses and $6,000 for retrofits to reduce emissions.
Winners of the association’s 2017 honors include Barry Stock of Landmark Student Transportation, Kyle Martin of TransPar, and Manuel Vasquez of First Student.
The current DERA grant opportunity triples from $11 million to $34 million, and the application deadline is extended to July 5.
Congress’ new appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 includes $60 million for EPA’s clean diesel grant program.
Amid concerns about the fate of the DERA program, a new round of grants is made available to reduce emissions from older diesel vehicles, including school buses.
The gasoline-powered Type C school bus, which uses a Ford 6.8L V10 engine, is now certified to the federal standard of 0.20 g/bhp-hr for NOx emissions.
The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding will be used to replace or retrofit 401 older diesel school buses.
The new funding, for projects to reduce NOx, is in addition to the $2.7 billion already required of Volkswagen for the environmental mitigation trust.
Part of the deal is $2.7 billion for a mitigation trust, which will fund emission reduction projects that can include school buses.
Rebates for purchasing new school buses to replace older models range from $15,000 to $25,000 per bus.
The new CO2 and fuel consumption standards for vocational vehicles — including school buses — start in model year 2021.
SmartEfficiency focuses on improved uptime, reliability, and fuel economy, according to Cummins. The supplier's 2017 school bus engine lineup offers diesel and natural gas options.
Volkswagen’s diesel car scandal settlements in the U.S. will provide $2.7 billion for emissions reduction projects, with school buses being among the eligible vehicles.