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Understanding Electric School Bus Technology and Planning for Infrastructure - Shared screen with speaker view
Jonathan Overly
All - you can add questions here along the way and we will work to address them before we finish! Questions will be addressed during the Q&A period.
Alan Powell
EPA website to apply for school bus rebates-www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus
Jonathan Overly
World Resources Institute's excellent electric school bus guide that has all kinds of good data and information can be found on this page (towards the bottom right): https://www.tnbeep.org/.
Shauna Basques
For reference, EPA will pay up to $13,000 for charging infrastructure per each electric bus for most applicants. Those applicants that are considered "prioritized" would be eligible for up to $20,000 for charging infrastructure per electric bus.
Allison Crossen
Do most charging stations have technology to schedule the charging times?
Lacey Shaver, WRI
Does TVA recommend a one-to-one ratio of buses to chargers? WRI has seen different configurations, with some districts having buses with shared chargers, curious to your recommendations and thoughts.
Jonathan Overly
We are not far from the Q&A period - use the "raise hand" feature if you would like to ask a live question. (See the "reactions" menu for the webinar)
Alissa Huntington
Allison: In addition to Ryan's response on charger/bus capacity to schedule charging, you can also work with a third party that uses managed charging software. This may make your charging practices easier (instead of manually moving charging cords) and avoid high demand charges when possible (as Ryan described) - however, there will be a monthly or annual subscription fee for that service.
Alissa Huntington
If your drivers take the buses home with them/park out, you may find this story interesting that describes how one school district is piloting chargers at home with their drivers: https://www.wri.org/update/electric-school-bus-series-progress-our-northern-neighbors-prince-edward-island-canada
Allison Crossen
Can you please repeat what you said about new emission standards on buses in 2024?
Allison Crossen
And do those new standards apply to newly manufactured buses only?
Lacey Shaver, WRI
Here is a map and numbers of current ESB adoption: https://www.wri.org/insights/where-electric-school-buses-us
Allison Crossen
Thank you
Lacey Shaver, WRI
Ryan - What are top infrastructure roadblocks that might crop up? What can school districts to avoid or overcome these?
John Patrick
How is the re-powered market progressing for taking diesel and retrofitting to electric buses?
Alissa Huntington
Scott: Jonathan dropped in the link of WRI's Market Report and Buyers Guide in the chat - you can find a bit on market projections on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) parity page 16 in the call out box with sources listed. Until TCO parity is achieved, funding (like the EPA's Clean School Bus Program) and financing (a great way to leverage expected lifetime operating savings to address upfront costs) will be key. Today, financing can pair with public grants for greater project scale and quicker fleet transitions; after TCO parity, it will be key to fitting electric school buses into existing school budgets.
Albert Burleigh
Blue Bird and Central States Bus Sales can assist you with your EPA application or apply on your behalf if needed. Go to https://funding.blue-bird.com/cleanschoolbus/ to request assistance.
Lacey Shaver, WRI
So you might want to look at on-site solar panels too, to power some of those buses at scale!
Sam Miller
Are slides going to be sent us?
Lacey Shaver, WRI
WRI has a "Power Planner" guide with questions to guide convos with facilities and your utility reps that might be helpful to districts on the line. https://bit.ly/power-planner
Chuck Harvill
Great point Shauna
Chuck Harvill
Great information thank you for hosting.
Kayla Pitts
thank you, this has been very informative!
Ryan Stanton
Thank you for joining!