Biden administration kicks off $5 billion electric Clean School Bus program

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US Vice President Kamala Harris and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan are contiguous launching the Clean School Bus program, a portion of President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, from a precocious schoolhouse successful Falls Church, Virginia.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 authorizes the EPA to connection rebates to replace diesel schoolhouse buses with what the EPA calls “clean and zero-emission (ZE) models.” Electric buses volition beryllium prioritized implicit alternate fuels.

The archetypal circular of the Clean School Bus Program backing volition beryllium awarded arsenic lottery rebates. The lottery volition prioritize applications from Prioritized School Districts – low-income, rural, tribal, and/or high-needs schoolhouse districts.

School districts tin use present to person the rebate, which volition beryllium sent to the shaper oregon trader earlier the schoolhouse territory pays. Applications tin petition funds for up to 25 caller electrical schoolhouse buses oregon the terms differential betwixt specified buses and diesel buses. Details can beryllium recovered here.

The EPA volition grant up to $500 cardinal this year, and the deadline to use for this year’s rebate programme is August 19, 2022.

The Environmental Protection Agency explained successful an announcement connected its website:

With backing from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA’s caller Clean School Bus Program provides $5 cardinal implicit the adjacent 5 years (FY 2022-2026) to regenerate existing schoolhouse buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. EPA is offering $500 cardinal done the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates for zero-emission and low-emission schoolhouse autobus rebates arsenic the archetypal backing opportunity.

The Washington, DC-based planetary probe nonprofit World Resources Institute’s Jennifer Rennicks, who is elder manager of authorities affairs for WRI’s Electric School Bus Initiative, said successful an emailed statement:

The long-standing committedness from Vice President Harris connected this contented is an bonzer testament to her efforts and this Administration’s pursuit of helping schools and communities articulation the modulation to an electrified future. WRI applauds the EPA’s determination to prioritize backing for underserved districts. WRI looks guardant to moving with EPA to proceed strengthening and improving the programme for aboriginal rounds of funding.

US PIRG situation campaigns manager Matt Casale said: 

Getting to schoolhouse shouldn’t see a regular dose of toxic pollution, oregon marque our children sick. And we shouldn’t proceed to usage soiled diesel buses erstwhile they are making the clime situation worse. The opening of the Clean School Bus Program should beryllium the extremity of air-polluting schoolhouse buses arsenic we cognize them.

The American Lung Association has called connected Congress to put $20 cardinal to modulation one-fifth of each diesel schoolhouse buses to electrical to support children’s health.

Read more: New York State commits to 100% electrical schoolhouse buses by 2035

Photo: Lion Electric Buses

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