The company concludes its three-day Road Show at an event in Los Angeles with educational sessions and a ride-and-drive of a Blue Bird Vision Propane school bus, among other propane-powered vehicles.
The state plans to use two-thirds of its Volkswagen settlement money to buy around 300 new school buses in low-income communities.
The state earmarks $130 million for electric buses. The mitigation funding is expected to become available starting in early 2019.
John Gonzales, a senior engineer for NREL, discusses alt-fuel trends, funding from the Volkswagen settlements, and the potential of electric school buses.
Following a 2016 flood that devastated the state, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools saw a chance to replace its damaged diesel buses while shifting to a propane fleet.
Operators see reliable and quieter operation, fuel cost savings, and longer brake life. They recommend partnering with utility companies, installing charging infrastructure before receiving buses, and extensive driver training.
The New York State Bus Distributors Association recommends including all viable clean-engine technologies in a replacement program.
As state agencies work out plans for their share of the Volkswagen diesel mitigation funding, it has become clear that allocations for school buses will vary widely from state to state.
The OEM kicks off a national tour with its ChargE concept electric bus. The first stop is the California Association of School Transportation Officials conference.
The Volkswagen Group unveils the SEDRIC (SElf DRIving Car) School Bus concept at the International Geneva Motor Show. It features conveniences such as on-demand travel, but many issues related to school transportation need to be resolved.
The IC Electric Bus ChargE offers a battery range that can exceed 120 miles, according to the manufacturer. It is expected to launch in 2019.
Monday, Oct. 2, became the “Trust Effective Date” for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. Now, states have 60 days to elect to become beneficiaries.
$2.7 billion will be used to establish a mitigation trust fund to support the replacement or repowering of school buses and other diesel vehicles.