Reports continue to indicate that most Americans still don't want electric vehicles (EVs) for various significant reasons, including fires that are often difficult to extinguish. In fact, earlier this year, Wyoming lawmakers introduced a bill to ban EVs in their state. More recently, European leaders also started pushing back against EV mandates. Nevertheless, the Biden administration is still promoting and funding widespread EV deployment, including for school buses.
From Gov Tech:
EPA Announces New Grants for Zero-Emissions School Buses
The 2023 Clean School Bus grant program has $400 million available to replace fleets in high-need communities. The EPA will allow districts to work with third parties to make applications more competitive.
Another $400 million for electric school bus purchases is available to school districts nationwide through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2023 Clean School Bus (CSB) grant program.
The EPA announced the latest funding round for competitive applications on April 24. Information sessions for school districts are scheduled for May 10, applications are due Aug. 22, and notifications of awards are expected to be made between November and January.