Contact: Noah Barnes, Electrification Coalition
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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is nearly doubling the funds available for the first round of funding for clean school buses, from $500 million to $969 million.
In response, Electrification Coalition Executive Director Ben Prochazka released the following statement:
“To reduce our dependence on oil for transportation, we must transition all vehicles to electric—especially the school buses that transport our children daily. The Electrification Coalition has been a leader in this effort, from organizing electric school bus roundtables to creating new collaborative purchasing programs to working at the city and state levels over the past decade.
“We’re thrilled to see many of our nation’s school districts commit to an electrified ride to school for our country’s most important commuters. Electric school buses will reduce kids’ exposure to toxic diesel emissions while providing significant cost savings for school bus operators—all while increasing our national and grid security.
“The Biden-Harris administration’s historic leadership in helping to create the EPA Clean School Bus program has allowed our nation to meet the EV moment. We’re excited to see the decision to nearly double the funding available for the first round of this five-year program, allowing more kids to get a cleaner ride more quickly.”
About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition (EC) is a national advocacy organization accelerating transportation electrification to reduce the monopoly oil has on our transportation and the associated national security risks. The EC drives adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) for consumers, freight, private sector fleets, and public sector fleets through policy advocacy and programs at the federal, state, and local levels. We work with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, from engaging with federal and state legislators on policy to collaborating with cities and businesses on electrifying buses and trucks, among many other activities. The EC is at the forefront of the urgent national shift to electric transportation. electrificationcoalition.org