Brief - The Hustle

What’s the deal with electric school buses?

Written by Jacob Cohen | Sep 2, 2021 7:43:25 AM

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.

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.)