EPA DERA Program continues to Drive Down Diesel in Virginia

The EPA’s Diesel Emissions and Reduction Act awarded over $15 million in school bus replacement funding throughout the United States in 2021. The most recent round of rebates awarded $1.53 million across multiple school districts in Virginia to support the transition to propane and battery-electric school buses. Of those funds, $900,000 has been awarded to Petersburg City Public Schools for Electric School Buses. Here are the awarded districts in Virginia.

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Highland Electric Fleets— Providing School Districts a Path to Electric School Buses at Scale

Why Electric School Buses?

Yellow school buses have long been an iconic symbol of the American education system. Today,  in the United States,  they transport over 25 million school children every day. These buses are vital to transporting children to and from school, and are also statistically the safest way to make these trips. Unfortunately, traditional diesel-powered school buses emit harmful local pollutants, including NOx and particulate matter. These airborne pollutants are especially harmful to young children, as ...

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Fredericksburg City Public Schools Welcomes an Electric School Bus Demonstration

On November 30th a Blue Bird electric school bus quietly made its way into Fredericksburg, Virginia and on December 1st it made some noise with a demonstration event for Fredericksburg City Pubic Schools. On Wednesday, December 1st, Fredericksburg City Public Schools, ABM, and Virginia Clean Cities came together to host an electric school bus demonstration event with Blue Bird Bus Sales of Virginia to show how electric school buses can serve the school district and its surrounding communities. 

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$300,000 Remaining for Electric School Buses in Southwest and Central Virginia from Appalachian Power!

Appalachian Power is administering a program to provide grants towards the purchase of electric school buses across southwest and central Virginia. To date, they have awarded $2.1 million in grants to support 9 electric buses and their infrastructure across five school districts. Four of these districts, Amherst, Campbell, Montgomery, and Washington county schools each received grants to purchase two electric buses, and one district, Bedford county, has received funds to purchase one electric school bus. 

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Electric School Bus Coalition Applauds Congressional Approval of Downpayment on Clean School Buses

WASHINGTON, DC., November 12, 2021 – Congressional passage of the bipartisan infrastructure plan boosts the importance of rebuilding and supporting the backbone of America in sustainable ways, and the Electric School Bus Coalition (ESBC) applauds this down payment on the country’s future. The legislation dedicates $5 billion to clean school buses, with $2.5 billion to replace polluting diesel school buses with zero ...

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Technology Happy Hour: VEIC

On October 21 st, 2021, Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, VEIC’s director of clean transportation, was the featured stakeholder for the Virginia Clean Cities Technology Happy Hour. 

Established in 1986, VEIC has been making an impact in clean energy solutions for over 30 years. With the energy solutions market so closely tied to clean transportation, transportation electrification was a natural path for VEIC to take. In clean transportation, VEIC focuses on electric vehicle implementation, outreach, evaluation, and equity across light, medium and heavy-duty ...

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Mid-Atlantic Electric School Bus Experience Project (MEEP)

The Mid-Atlantic Electric School Bus Experience Project (MEEP) will provide schools with an introduction to electric school bus technology. Available to select Districts in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and DC, the project is supported in large part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The project will provide a wide range of stakeholders with needed ...

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Lion Electric Tours Virginia

In June of 2021, Lion Electric hosted a series of electric school bus demos across the Commonwealth, showing off their product in a variety of geographies. This demonstration tour took the bus from Northern Virginia to the mountainous South West of the Commonwealth, before heading east to conclude their trip in Virginia’s Tidewater region.

Lion Electric’s demo bus in South Western Virginia

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