California Gets $88 Million for Electric School Buses

California’s electric school bus fleet is about to get supercharged. The state has secured $88 million in grants to purchase more zero-emission school busses, Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) announced Monday.

The funds come courtesy of the Clean School Bus Program, which was part of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The federal government will dole out $5 billion over five years to support schools’ transition to green vehicles.

Los Angeles Unified will get 50 buses. The Kern High School District will get 39. Porterville Unified will get 35. San Diego Unified will get 30.

“A successful day of learning for our students starts with a diesel-free commute each morning,” said Senator Padilla. “I’ve seen firsthand the harmful health and respiratory impacts polluted air from outdated buses can cause our children, having grown up riding diesel-powered school buses in Pacoima. Modernizing our bus system is a crucial investment in our children, our health, and our environment. That is why I championed the inclusion of the Clean School Bus Program in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which is now helping California schools make the much-needed transition to electric bus fleets.”

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Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 09:07

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