Utility Companies’ Role In School Bus Electrification

Following the EPA’s issuance of $900 million in rebates for school bus electrification, utility providers are stepping up to the plate to help school districts make the transition. 

“Not only are electric school buses more widely available than they’ve ever been,” UtilityDive states, “but as utilities encourage individuals to make the switch to electric vehicles, the opportunity to support their local school districts is a no-brainer.” 

UtilityDive reports that local utilities’ role in the transition could include proactive outreach, providing charging stations, and supporting the application process, among other ways to help. By lending a helping hand throughout the process, which may be embarked on by roughly 530 school districts across the country, utility providers can “bring valuable federal funding and investment back to the utility’s service area,” UtilityDive notes.

In California, this change will be mandatory: per Electrek, “California governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) signed legislation that mandates all new school buses in the state to be electric starting in 2035.” This presents ample opportunity for California’s utility providers to aid in the process of electrification for districts across the state. 

SPURR will continue to keep our customers updated on opportunities and news related to the school bus electrification initiatives in California and beyond. Be sure to check back for updates and articles on our blog. 

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