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.
IC Bus parent company Navistar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus gain regulatory approvals and finalize agreements for their wide-ranging alliance.
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.
The mitigation trust fund can be used to support the replacementor repowering of diesel-powered vehicles, including school buses.
Volkswagen Truck & Bus will take a 16.6% stake in Navistar, parent company of school bus manufacturer IC Bus. The alliance includes technology collaboration and a procurement joint venture.