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Districts cut bus costs by going electric
Districts in Minnesota and California
are participating in pilot programs that
provide all-electric, zero-emissions buses
that should cost much less to power and
maintain.
Schmitty & Sons, a transportation company in Lakeville, Minnesota,
partnered with a local wholesale power
supplier and utility co-op to put the
Midwest's first all-electric school bus into
service. The 71-passenger vehicle, manufactured by Canada-based Lion Electric
Co., began transporting Lakeville students this fall. The bus has five batteries and a range of up to 100 miles per
charge. The average daily route of school
buses in the United States is 66 miles.
Lakeville's bus will be recharged at
night, when electricity demand and cost
is lower.
An all-electric bus costs about
$225,000, three times more than a diesel

school bus. But operation and maintenance costs are expected to be approximately $12,000 less per year.
Mike Forbord, who works in divisional operations with Schmitty & Sons, says
being able to split the upfront cost three
ways "made it feasible" for his company
to get involved in the pilot program.
"It's emerging technology and it's
rather expensive," says Robert T. Pudlewski, who is a retired executive for
Laidlaw and is technical editor for School
Transportation News. "Until it becomes
mainstream, it's going to be expensive."
Timothy Shannon, director of transportation for Twin Rivers USD near
Sacramento, California, operates eight
all-electric buses as part of a pilot program funded by a $7.5 million grant and
additional state cap-and-trade funds. He
will have 16 electric buses by December.
Even without the grants and cap-and-

MAGIC SCHOOL BUS-The
71-passenger all-electric school bus has
a range of 100 miles per charge and
zero emissions.

trade funds, the numbers add up when it
comes to reduced fuel and maintenance
costs, Shannon says. He also adds that
electricity goes back to the grid through
inverters installed on each bus, which
will charge during peak demand times
for electricity.
"When you start putting pencil to the
paper and start looking at the advantages
cost-wise and fuel-wise, it's not much
more expensive to own an electric school
bus," Shannon says.
		
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