In former blogs, we have discussed gas, diesel, and propane powered buses. But now we are moving further into the future. Four school districts in Massachusetts were awarded grants last month for the purchase of electric school buses and chargers. The four school districts were each awarded grants of up to $350,000 for electric Type C school buses and chargers.
The grants were given through the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ new Vehicle-to-Grid Electric School Bus pilot program, which aims to reduce school districts’ petroleum use and test the benefits of electric school bus technology.
State officials said that the Vehicle-to-Grid School Bus pilot is intended to demonstrate that electric drive technology can help reduce emissions in the transportation sector. The large batteries that are on school buses can also provide electric storage for the grid. The pilot project will be administered by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. It will consider the costs and benefits of operating electric school buses to determine whether this technology should be more widely adopted.
We will keep you up to date on the development of using electric school buses.