Electric school buses make a ton of sense. There’s less tailpipe pollution while they’re idling in the schoolyard or waiting for a line of 7-year-olds to scramble aboard, operating costs are much less, and there are vehicle-to-grid possibilities with these battery-filled objects that sit around doing nothing much of the time. School districts can make a bit of money using them as stationary batteries if they play their cards right.
But there are big up-front costs, both for the expensive machines and the upgrades to electrical systems in garages. So it makes sense that the EPA is providing big grants to jump-start the process – almost $1 billion for 387 school districts in every state, some trival areas and overseas possessions.
That includes two NH school districts: Weare and Rumney. Details are here.