Acquiring electric buses and the requisite infrastructure can have the unintended consequence of having more kids riding on older buses, generating higher overall fleet emissions, due to cutbacks on the basic turnover of the existing fleet.
The state's third round of Volkswagen settlement funding will be used to reimburse public school districts for the purchase of new electric school buses, charging infrastructure, and propane buses.
Triad Community Unit School District #2 will receive a $650,000 grant for the purchase of three electric school buses and charging infrastructure.
School districts in Ann Arbor, Gaylord, Kalamazoo, Oxford, Roseville, Three Rivers, and Zeeland will receive a total of $4.2 million to purchase 17 new electric school buses.
The power and energy company’s electric school bus program would add 50 buses to its Virginia service territory by the end of 2020, and then possibly 1,000 buses to the area by 2025.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says that with the addition of the alternative-fuel buses, it will be using more propane buses than any other school district in the state.
Gov. Henry McMaster announces that the state will use $9.33 million of its Volkswagen settlement funds to purchase a total of 78 new propane school buses and three transit buses.
In research conducted by West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels Engines and Emissions, distance-specific nitrogen oxide emissions measured from propane buses were about 95% less than those measured from diesel buses.
The state releases its first round of Volkswagen settlement funds, approving the purchase of 82 new school buses for 16 school districts.
Biodiesel can lower the risks of harmful emissions while decreasing costs and simplifying fueling for school bus fleets.
The school bus manufacturer's Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric bus receives certification and eligibility for grant funding from two California agencies.
The new buses are part of the California Energy Commission's $94 million school bus replacement program to help pupil transportation providers replace more than 200 diesel school buses throughout the state.
Chico Unified School District adds one electric school bus and Brawley Elementary School District receives three new electric buses.