U.S. EPA allocates $17 million to help replace diesel-powered school buses

At an event with Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of two school bus rebate opportunities: the 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARP) Electric School Bus Rebates, and the 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) School Bus Rebates. The $7 million in ARP funding is directed toward school districts in underserved communities to replace old diesel buses with new, zero-emission electric models, and the $10 million in DERA rebates will assist with 444 school bus replacements across the country.

In addition to the $17 million announced, in the coming weeks, EPA plans to announce a new Clean School Bus rebate programme under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which provides an unprecedented $5 billion over five years, to replace existing school buses with low- or zero-emission school buses.

The second rebate awards are EPA’s latest round of funding for longstanding DERA School Bus Rebates. This year’s programme awards approximately $10 million to fund the replacement of old diesel school buses with new LPG, CNG or electric school buses meeting current emission standards. This programme will award funding for 444 school bus replacements.

Among the recipients, Holiday Express, a Nebraska-based transportation company, will use a $125,000 rebate opportunity to assist in the purchase of new clean Autogas buses.

“The historic investments in clean transportation resulting from President Biden’s leadership will have lasting impacts on protecting clean air for children for generations,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “This round of school bus grants from the American Rescue Plan is just the beginning. The unprecedented $5 billion investment that’s on the way for clean school buses from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will transform how millions of children get to school and help build a better America for a new generation.”

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30 March 2022