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EPA directs nearly $1 billion for electric school buses

The EPA on Wednesday announced a $965 million grant for electric school buses, the first of a five-year, $5 billion program for zero-emissions school buses.

The grants will go to 389 school districts spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the lands of certain Native American tribes and territories, the EPA said in a press release. territories of the United States, the EPA said in a press release, adding that the grants will help the school districts purchase more than 2,400 electric buses.

Thomas Bus Construction Jouley Electric School Bus

Thomas Bus Construction Jouley Electric School Bus

EPA has detailed for 5 billion dollar program in May and in September, it effectively doubled its first-year funding, which was initially set at around $500 million. School districts that received this funding were selected through a lottery. The next round of funding is expected to kick off in the coming months and will include “an ambitious funding competition,” the EPA said.

Funding for the program comes from the massive bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed in late 2021. That law also earmarks $7.5 billion for a nationwide EV charging networktargeting 500,000 chargers.

Electronic school bus Lion C

Electronic school bus Lion C

Before the passage of the Infrastructure Law, Volkswagen’s diesel engine settlement was also sponsored a lot of electric buses for school for states. Michigan, for example, used part of the settlement’s $64.8 million share to help fund the purchase of 17 electric school buses for seven school districts to replace diesel buses. now available.

School electric buses have less maintenance needs, don’t cause noise pollution, and limit diesel emissions that can cause asthma and other health problems.

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