What’s the deal with electric school buses?

How many electric school buses are there in the US? (Hint: very few).

Every school day in the US, ~480k diesel-powered school buses schlep ~25m kids to school. But electric buses are slowly gaining steam: 258 school districts (among ~13.5k) have committed to at least 1 electric bus.

What’s the deal with electric school buses?

The obvious challenge here is cost.

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan proposes it’ll take $20B to electrify ~20% of US school buses. By that math, it could take $100B+ for a nation-wide conversion.

(Related: Check out this school bus powered by a literal jet engine with 5k pounds of thrust, or this insane monster truck one.)

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