Much of the information related to conversion of fleet vehicles is applicable to electric school buses. Grants and incentives for electric school buses are constantly changing so it is essential to check on the latest programs before ordering new school buses. A good way to find current information on programs related to electric school buses is to check with the Mid-Atlantic Electric School Bus Experience Project (MEEP). Virginia Clean Cities’ Sarah Stalcup-Jones is MEEP coordinator for Virginia. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; (540) 212-4143.
Virginia is spending more than $10.5 million in funds from the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” settlement to replace 83 diesel buses in 19 school divisions with electric or propane-fueled buses. The money will be used to cover the price difference between diesel and alternatively fueled buses. The biggest award will go to Fairfax County, which will receive 10 electric school buses at a cost of $2.65 million.
Electric school bus replacements will accelerate with the passage of the bi-partsan infrastructure package, which will make available $2.5 billion for zero-emission school buses.