Electric School Buses are a performance upgrade over their diesel burning counterparts. With federal incentives and rising diesel prices, electric school buses can help schools save money that can be used for educational resources. The Beneficial Electrification League has created this short video on why a school would choose to deploy electric school buses. Feel free to share it!
Electric cooperatives provide electricity to over half of the United States' landmass. Of the 13,185 unified school districts in the US, 5,881 districts are at least 50% covered by an electric cooperative. Of those, 3,177 districts have 15% or more of the student population below the poverty line. The Beneficial Electrification League and electric cooperatives are collaborating to provide educational and administrative support to help interested cooperatives access funding for electric school buses and school bus infrastructure.
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Electric School Bus: The eLION Effect
BEL Chair Gary Connett, BEL President Keith Dennis, and Great River Energy’s David Ranallo discuss the first electric cooperative school bus project in 2017 as part of the Community Storage Initiative, a predecessor organization to the Beneficial Electrification League.
Project Partners and Participants
The Beneficial Electrification League is a convenor for this project. Our primary participants are Generation and Transmission cooperatives and distribution cooperatives that collectively represent over 350 distribution cooperatives across more than 32 states.