MPCA seeks northern MN schools for electric school bus pilot

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is looking for two northern Minnesota schools to participate in their pilot electric bus program.

According to a release, funding for six electric buses throughout the state will be provided through the Volkswagon settlement.

“Replacing one diesel bus with an electric model can reduce GHG emissions by at least 29 tons, or the equivalent of removing six passenger vehicles from Minnesota roads,” said the release.

Currently, there is one electric school bus in Minnesota, serving the Lakeville Public School District.

Successful applicants will be granted $275,000, or 75 percent of the total project cost, whichever is less, and includes both the vehicle and the charging station.

Applications are due in mid October, more information is available on the MPCA website.

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