EPA to double funding for environmentally clean school buses

EPA to double funding for environmentally clean school buses

The U.S. EPA is preparing a near doubling in funding for clean school buses this year following increased demand, with school districts from all 50 states applying for the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates. This is the first round of funding from the EPA Clean School Bus Program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law with a $5 billion investment for low-emission school buses over the next five years.

The EPA previously announced the availability of $500 million. Still, given “overwhelming demand” from school districts across the country, the EPA says it is nearly doubling that to $965 million. Through future funding rounds, the EPA will make another $1 billion available for clean school buses in the 2023 fiscal year.

The EPA says it received around 2,000 applications requesting nearly $4 billion for over 12,000 buses in August. More than 90% of requests were for zero-emission electric buses. Almost 9% of applications were for propane buses and 1% were for compressed natural gas buses.

The applicant pool includes submissions from all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and federally recognized Tribes.

The EPA is reviewing submitted applications to determine eligibility and final selections. The agency anticipates notifying rebate applicants of their selection status in October 2022. Once notified, selected school districts can proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. After the selectees submit the proper forms, they will be eligible to receive rebate funds.

This funding allocation is the first of several multi-year Clean School Bus Program funding opportunities. The EPA anticipates running a grant competition and another rebate program in 2023.

You May Also Like

Lightning eMotors Launches Online EV Fleet Planner

The Fleet Planner displays recommended Lightning eMotors vehicles and the associated charge rates needed to fit the specific application.

Lightning-eMotors-Fleet-Manager

Lightning eMotors has released its new virtual "Fleet Planner," a free fleet configuration tool that allows fleet managers to input their individual fleet characteristics and receive a customized operating cost analysis and carbon-reduction metrics based on the recommended Lightning eMotors electric vehicle (EV) that best fits their specific needs.

Shell acquires EV charging company Volta for $169M

The companies say the transaction brings Volta’s dual charging and media network to Shell’s established brand.

BorgWarner-Santroll-eMotor-Handshake-1400
DOE awards millions for next-gen EV battery development

Projects in the program aim to expand domestic EV adoption by developing batteries that last longer and charge faster.

DOE-Department-of-Energy-next-gen-solid-state-ev-battery-1400
MEMA establishes Center for Sustainability

MEMA says the center’s community will help members build an advantage as they respond to the needs of their customers.

MEMA-Center-Sustainability-1400
LG Energy, Honda JV to produce EV batteries

The companies’ overall investment related to the JV is projected to reach $4.4 billion.

Honda-Level-2-EV 1400

Other Posts

TA, Electrify America partner on EV infrastructure

TravelCenters of America and Electrify America plan to install DC fast EV chargers nationwide.

TravelCenters-of-America-Electrify-America-Collab-on-EV-Infrastructure-1400
SEMA sponsors ZEV conversion rebate bill in California

The bill will offer eligible Californians a rebate of up to $2,000 to convert their gas-powered vehicle into a ZEV.

ZEV-conversion-bill-California-SEMA-1400
Leviton launches new suite of Level 2 EV charging stations

Leviton has launched EV Series Charging Stations with “My Leviton” app compatibility, available in Q1 2023.

Leviton-charging-EV-Series-Garage-App-1400
ATRI evaluates charging challenges for U.S. EV fleets

Current technology will necessitate more chargers than there are truck parking spaces in the U.S.