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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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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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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