$94M funded for electric, CNG school buses in California

June 13, 2018 by Emily Jackson

(Source: School Transportation News) Under Grant Funding Opportunity GFO-17-607 (School Bus Replacement for California School Districts and County Offices of Education), California school districts can apply for a share of $94.1 million in funding to purchase new electric or CNG school buses, as well as charging and fueling infrastructure.

Senate Bill 110 allocates up to $75 million for electric buses, to be split evenly among the northern, southern, central and Los Angeles county regions of California. It will be distributed by the California Energy Commission (CEC) in consultation with the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) provides an additional $19.1 million—$13 million for electric charging equipment, $3.7 million for CNG buses, and $2.4 million for CNG fueling infrastructure.

As part of Phase One of the project, applications are being accepted now through 5 p.m. PST on Sept. 20. The funds are part of the 2018-2019 California State Budget and would not be available “until July 1, 2018 or when the Governor signs the Budget Act, whichever is later,” said the CEC. At this writing, the budget had not yet been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. It is estimated that delivery of the buses will begin next October. Read full article

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