Electric School Buses

Transportation is the #1 source of carbon emissions and we’re committed to reducing it in our communities.

Next year, we will partner with local Virginia school districts and begin replacing diesel buses with electric in phases, starting with 50, then adding 200 per year for the next 5 years. This initiative will benefit our environment, our communities, and our schools. A Request for Proposal for electric manufacturers is underway.

The application closed on October 5th.

We will announce the placement of the buses by early December 2019.

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Cleaner Air & Zero Emissions

One bus reduces C02 emissions by 54,000 pounds each year

50 buses reduces emissions by 2.7 million pounds

Replacing 1,050 buses over 5 years with new electric ones will reduce emissions by 810 million pounds, the equivalent to taking 78,000 cars off the road!

Air quality inside is 6x better than non-EV models

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New Vehicle to Grid Technology

The buses are all electric & can be used as portable batteries.
 When not in use, they can be tapped as an energy resource through vehicle-to-grid technology.
 If energy needs are high or if renewable resources are intermittent, the batteries can provide stability to the grid.
 During a power outage or emergency, the batteries could serve as mobile power stations.

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1,050 buses provides enough energy to power 10,000+ homes


Increased Safety

Electric buses are quiet, allowing for better communication between drivers and students

Every bus is equipped with a seatbelt for each student

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Reduce operation & maintenance costs for schools by 60%

Lower Cost

Lower Cost + Less Maintenance

Equivalent of 17 MPG compared to 6 MPG for diesel

Charging stations & infrastructure provided at no cost to school

Charging an Electric School Bus

Cost to upgrade from a diesel to electric model covered by program

Dominion Energy will select interested schools based on the value of the batteries to the local grid.