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2022 Infrastructure Funds For School Buses

Seeing school buses disappear into a cloud of smoke could become a less common sight.

Instead, get ready to share the road with more electric school buses.

In November, President Biden signed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law. In total, $5 billion was specifically designed to improve school buses. Districts across the country will have an opportunity to upgrade their fleet.

This is expected to create a ripple throughout the industry by making electric school buses more affordable. There’s certainly room for growth. As of last year, fewer than 1% of all school buses nationwide were electric. Here in Indiana, we rank outside the top ten states with the most electric school buses.

Of the half a million school buses currently active in the United States, approximately 95% run on diesel. Collectively, these buses account for roughly 5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Although technical advances have converted traditional diesel into clean diesel, this infrastructure bill will make electric school buses more popular.

Biden’s signature was great news for many companies, including Thomas Built Buses, makers of the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley. It’s an electric school bus that produces zero emissions at the tailpipe as well as zero noise pollution. With a range of up to 138 miles, it’s a great option for day-to-day pickups and dropoffs of numerous kids.

With innovative bus manufacturers committed to both the health of our kids and the health of our planet, the future is looking greener already.