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.
The EPA funds will go toward replacing two of Rocky River City School District’s older buses. Meanwhile, Head Mechanic Eric Wrath earns a statewide honor.
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.
At a school near Sacramento, California, nearly 500 students in yellow “I Love the Bus” T-shirts will hear from various dignitaries about the importance of the yellow bus.