School Buses



VW to launch electric version of venerable Bus in 2024

By Peter Valdes-Dapena 06/02/23
America apparently needs more car seats. So, when Volkswagen unveiled the ID. Buzz, a retro-styled electric van, last year, it noted that the version for the North American market would be longer and would have…
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This Iconic American Yellow Bus Company Is Ramping Up Its Electric Bus Production

By Angely Mercado 05/30/23
Blue Bird, the more than 90-year-old manufacturer of the iconic American yellow school bus, is ramping up its production of electric buses. Last week, the company announced the opening of its new Electric Vehicle (EV)…
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Clean electric school buses are healthier for kids, but there could be a downside for workers

By YCC Team 05/15/23
Diesel school buses spew dirty tailpipe pollution that harms the climate and kids’ lungs, so there’s a growing push for school districts to switch to clean electric buses. Ian Elder of Jobs to Move America,…
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Wisconsin schools adopt electric buses

By YCC Team 03/22/23
Fifteen school districts in the state were awarded federal funds in the fall of 2022 to purchase electric buses. The post Wisconsin schools adopt electric buses appeared first on Yale Climate Connections. ...
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Availability of Nearly $1.7 Billion to Modernize Fleets and Deploy Clean Transit Buses Across America

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the availability of nearly $1.7 billion to support state and local efforts to modernize aging transit fleets with low- and no-emission buses, renovate and…
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Electric school buses are practically free now

By Joann Muller 12/19/22
Federal and state governments are practically giving away electric school buses, and if your local district doesn't have its hand up yet, it should. The math is a no-brainer.
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NYC secures federal grant to roll out 51 all-electric school buses, Mayor Adams pushes for more

By Chris Sommerfeldt 11/02/22
New York City’s yellow school buses are going green — or at least some of them. Dozens of all-electric school buses are about to hit city streets thanks to funding from President Biden’s infrastructure package,…
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How to get electric school bus incentives just right

By Lisa Martine Jenkins 10/27/22
The Biden administration just devoted $1 billion to turbocharging school districts’ efforts to electrify their bus fleets. On Wednesday, the administration rolled out a new federal program to fund clean school buses in what could…
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A profound change is coming to American school buses

By Michael Birnbaum 10/26/22
A common smell of American childhood, the diesel fumes wafting through yellow school buses, may soon be obsolete, as school districts across the nation turn to electric buses amid falling costs and growing concerns about…
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Oakland tests electric transit buses for resilience in vehicle-to-building pilot

By Robert Walton 10/12/22
The city of Oakland, California, will be the site of a vehicle-to-building pilot analyzing how zero-emission transit buses can maintain critical loads during emergency conditions, project participants announced Tuesday.
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EPA doubles money for electric school buses as demand soars

By Matthew Daly 09/29/22
Responding to “overwhelming demand,” the Environmental Protection Agency is nearly doubling the money available to states to buy electric models of the familiar yellow school buses that millions of children ride every school day.
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San Diego Electric School Bus Puts Electricity Into The Grid

By Zachary Shahan 07/31/22
What’s cooler than an electric school bus? An electric school bus with vehicle-to-grid capability. And that’s what some schools in San Diego, California, now have. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the Cajon Valley Union…
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School Transportation

With predictable routes and low daily mileage, school buses are perfectly suited for electrification. That’s why Proterra Powered is partnering with school bus manufacturers to electrify their vehicles with industry-leading battery packs, creating a 100%…

Live Green

The Twin Rivers district in North Sacramento is one of the largest school districts in California, and is transitioning to a 100% diesel-free fleet by 2021. They currently have 40 electric school buses provided by…

Why electric school buses?

It’s no secret that electric school buses are built to make tomorrow cleaner, greener and brighter. But they’re also designed with innovations to make todays’ school routes smarter, more efficient—and even safer. The future has…

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The eLionD was designed, created and manufactured to be 100% electric. Lion’s proven transportation electrification technology and expertise is now translated into an all-electric Type D school bus. The eLionD components require very little maintenance…

Blue Bird

When purchasing a bus, one should consider the total cost it will take to maintain and fuel the vehicle throughout its lifetime. Blue Bird's Vision and All American RE Electric buses cut cost on fuel…

Funding of up to $375,000 available for each lion electric Zero-emission bus under the epa’s $5 billion clean school Bus program

Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV) ("Lion" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles, today announced that the company is preparing to assist customers in securing funding under the…

Lion Electric Chosen For V2x Collaboration With U.s. Department Of Energy And Industry Leaders To Develop Bidirectional Charging Infrastructure

Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV) ("Lion" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles, has announced that the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S.…

The clean school bus program: what the new infrastructure law means for your fleet

On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). This new law will deliver $550 billion to America’s infrastructure over the next five years, touching everything from bridges and school…

EPA Awards Rebates Totaling $17 Million to Fund Clean School Buses

Today, at an event with Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the winners of two school bus rebate opportunities: the 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARP) Electric School Bus Rebates,…


Capitol Hill Educational Display of All-Electric School Buses Attracts Members of Congress

Today, the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) partnered with ZETA member GreenPower Motor Company to showcase several electric buses on Capitol Hill. The showcase included a press event that featured Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV),…
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The $150 Billion Road Electric School Buses Can Ride To Create American Jobs And Protect Kids’ Health

By Sarah Spengeman   04/25/22  
Anyone who has gone to school in the United States remembers the smell of diesel exhaust from riding the iconic yellow school bus, but few realize the danger of breathing those fumes. Thankfully, our children…
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Electric school buses are coming to New York within five years

By Barbara O'Brien   04/14/22  
One of the transportation initiatives in the state budget approved by state legislators Saturday will change the way kids get to school in five years. While superintendents are looking at record state aid in the…
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Boston will move to 100% electric school buses by 2030

By Michelle Lewis   04/13/22  
Boston mayor Michelle Wu last week announced that Boston Public Schools will deploy 20 electric buses during the 2022-23 school year in a pilot program. Ultimately, Boston will electrify its entire school bus fleet by…
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New York schools have five years to begin electric bus conversion

By Rachel Silberstein   04/13/22  
Tomorrow's K-12 students will be boarding electric buses to get to school, according to new state law.
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New York State commits to 100% electric school buses by 2035

By Michelle Lewis   04/08/22  
In January, Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY) said she would propose legislation to shift to 100% electric school buses by 2035. She also said she would propose legislation to require that all new school bus purchases…
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School Transport Goes Electric

By EV Connect   04/06/22  
Since 2010, EV Connect’s path to expand and provide smart electric vehicle charging infrastructure has led them to branch out into numerous industries and sectors. One of EV Connect’s latest collaborations is with the Sunnyvale…
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US school bus maker Blue Bird receives its largest-ever order of electric school buses

By Michelle Lewis   03/29/22  
Macon, Georgia-based bus maker Blue Bird Corporation (Nasdaq: BLBD) has received the single largest order of electric school buses from a school district in its history.
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Electric school bus safety: How Jouley and Proterra are leading the charge.

If you’re considering electric school buses, you probably have a few questions. At Thomas Built, we’re ready to help. Here are a few key things to know about how the Saf-T-Liner® C2 Jouley® and our…
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US schools can subscribe to an electric school bus fleet at prices that beat diesel

By Jeff St. John   03/18/22  
Electric school buses are a hot commodity. Billions of dollars of federal and state grants and incentives are flowing to U.S. school districts to help them electrify their fleets. By replacing diesel buses with clean…
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Electric school bus advocates say it’s time for state to invest

By Spencer Conlin   03/17/22  
The recent sharp and abrupt spike in per-gallon costs for gasoline is increasing interest in electric vehicles. Furthermore, advocates say there are other reasons New York should consider making the switch.
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What If Electric School Buses Could be Used to Supply Power When Off Duty?

The Big Yellow School Bus first entered the U.S. transportation scene in 1939 and has since become an iconic symbol of American life. We sing about them in nursery rhymes and wait for them with…
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Electric School Buses And The Grid

Currently, fewer than 1% of the nation’s school buses are powered by electricity, but with advances in electric bus technology, growing understanding of the benefits of electrification, and now a fresh influx of federal money…
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3 design considerations for electric school bus vehicle-to-grid programs

By Norma Hutchinson and Gregg Kresge   03/14/22  
U.S. electric utilities are poised to be a key part of the momentum to shift American school buses from diesel fuel to electricity. Federal and state-level investments, along with other funding and financing opportunities, promise…
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Electric school buses benefit both the climate and students’ health

By April Miller   03/02/22  
Electric school buses are finally rolling out and are directly impacting the air quality children breathe each day. Recently, there have been several announcements regarding EV school buses. Some of these include studies backing their…
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Curbing Climate Change Should Include Electric School Buses

By Brett Berk   02/28/22  
School buses driving on their routes achieve about six miles per gallon, making them among the least efficient vehicles on the road. This inefficiency is a function of their short and congested routes, their consistent…
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The Big Deal About NYC’s First Electric School Buses Being Diesel Repowers

By Joseph Wachunas   01/07/22  
New York City has committed to going all-electric with its school buses by 2035. The first electric school buses are hitting the city’s streets now and they are pioneering a new model for transitioning their…
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Having An Electric School Bus Fleet Is Easier Than Many People Think

By Sonia Mastros   01/04/22  
If your district is thinking about adding electric vehicles (EVs) to your school bus fleet, don't let outdated fears hold you back! Electric buses have come a long way in the last decade, from being…
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Lion Electric receives conditional PO for 1,000 electric school buses, the largest fleet in North America

By Scooter Doll   10/25/21  
Medium and heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer Lion Electric Co. recently announced a conditional purchase order from Student Transportation of Canada (STC) for 1,000 of its all-electric Lion C school buses. The PO is dependent upon a…
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Boston mayoral candidate Wu calls for converting school buses to electric power

By Maysoon Khan   09/19/21  
Boston mayoral candidate and city councilor Michelle Wu said Sunday that fighting climate change would be a priority for her, calling for measures to convert the city’s school bus fleet to electric power.
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Electric school bus investments could drive US vehicle electrification

By Dan Lashof   09/01/21  
Transitioning to electric vehicles is critical to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change and clog our skies with toxic pollution. Investing in electric vehicle infrastructure and technologies will also be essential to make the…
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Making Yellow School Buses a Little More Green

By Ellen Rosen   08/27/21  
Some school districts are replacing diesel buses with electric models to benefit students and the environment. But the change is expensive so utilities like Dominion Energy are helping offset the cost.
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The State of Electric School Bus Adoption in the US

By Lydia Freehafer and Others   08/05/21  
Electric school bus adoption continues to expand in the United States. School districts and fleet operators have now committed 12,275 electric school buses in 38 states. That’s more than 10,000 electric school buses since the…
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U.S. infrastructure deal would boost electric buses, but trail demand

By Tina Bellon   06/25/21  
A bipartisan $1.2 trillion U.S. infrastructure agreement would boost the rollout of electric buses, but falls way short of what transit experts and school districts say is needed
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School District of Philadelphia to unveil electric buses

By 6abc Digital Staff   06/15/21  
The School District of Philadelphia will show off its new investment in cleaner energy on Tuesday - in this case, electric buses. The district purchased five of them from Lion Electric.
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A Recovery for All of Us: Mayor de Blasio Commits to 100% Electric School Bus Fleet By 2035

Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled down on his commitment to reduce carbon and air pollution from vehicles by announcing that school buses in New York City will be electric by 2035. In partnership with the…
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Electric school buses are an ingenious solution to help utilities build more battery storage

By Adele Peters   12/02/19  
There are 480,000 school buses on the road in the U.S., more than any other form of mass transportation. Despite the climate and health risks, most still run on diesel. While some school districts want…
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