Schools in rural Michigan are considering electric school buses.
Seven school districts received state and federal funding three years ago for a pilot program to test the viability of electric school buses, one of the first programs of its kind in the nation. There were a total of 17 buses put on the roads.
In the three years since there have been no other Michigan school districts purchasing the buses. A typical electric bus costs about $375,000 dollars, roughly three times the cost of a diesel bus. But Bridge Michigan reports that, come this October, there could be more than 150 more of them on Michigan roads taking kids to and from school.
The EPA has identified 297 “priority districts” that could qualify for funding up to the full cost of 25 buses and chargers, and applications have begun. One of those is Three Rivers in Michigan’s St. Joseph County, which has had two of the test buses.