As part of the bipartisan infrastructure law, EPA is providing a total of $ 5 billion to replace old diesel or petrol buses with electric, CNG or propane buses in school districts. Funding will be disbursed over five years, with প্রথম 500 million available in the first year.
The goal is to reduce greenhouse gases as well as provide clean local air. The EPA also mentions the potential for low fuel consumption as well as the ability to use electric buses as storage batteries, possibly for back-up power.
Eligibility for official rebates depends on a number of factors, such as the amount of money paid for a replacement bus. School districts categorized as high-need, rural and / or tribal communities will be given priority when applying. Also, although CNG and propane buses can be purchased with this discount, they get significantly less discounts than electric buses. The aforesaid priority districts will also be eligible for additional funding. The EPA will also offer discounts for installing electrical panels and charging equipment for the school district chosen for the electric bus. Finally, old buses being replaced (initially diesel buses 2010 or earlier) must be scrapped. New models from 2011 or later may be sold or donated as an alternative.
School districts can now start applying for the fund by August 19, and they can apply for funding for as many as 25 bus replacements. The selection process begins in September, with recipients being notified in October. Naturally, there will be additional rounds of deposit and selection and $ 4.5 billion in funding for the remaining five years.