CONTACT: Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD Communications Office (916) 874-4888
SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and its partners today unveiled the largest electric school bus deployment in the United States.
Twenty-nine new electric school buses will serve students throughout Sacramento County. The buses’ routes run primarily through disadvantaged communities, reducing air pollution from diesel exhaust in these neighborhoods and helping to protect children’s health.
The electric buses will serve students in three local school districts:
- Twin Rivers Unified School District
- Sacramento City Unified School District
- Elk Grove Unified School District
Twin Rivers Unified’s electric fleet is currently in operation. Electric buses will begin operation in Sacramento City Unified and Elk Grove Unified in the coming months.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) provided $7.5 million in competitive grant funding to help pay for the project. CARB offered the grant through California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. The project partners contributed a combination of cash and in-kind matching funds totaling $6.9 million.
Valuable partners on the project include First Priority GreenFleet, Motiv Power Systems, EV Connect, California Strategies, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Phil Haupt Electric, Lion Bus, Trans Tech and Kisensum.
In addition to reducing diesel exhaust in the neighborhoods the new electric buses serve, the fleet upgrades will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project also includes the ability for participating school districts to loan the electric buses to other school systems in an effort to promote the shift to zeroemission fleets. Multiple school districts have already expressed an interest in testing out the new buses