United States – The White House announced on Wednesday nearly 900 million US dollars of grants for 530 school districts across the country to phase out nearly four thousand old school buses powered by compressed natural gas or diesel and replace them with new ones, mainly electric buses.

It is the third installment of USD 5 billion over five years that the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will disburse through a clean school bus program included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021, as reported by Reuters.

The EPA rebates will go towards the acquisition of 3,400 new school buses, of which 92% will be electric, the White House stated. Low-income, tribal, and rural schools will receive approximately 67% of the amount.

Importance

The EPA’s clean school bus program forms part of a bigger agenda that Biden’s administration seeks to implement regarding the modernization of public school infrastructure and low-emission technology to replace old buses. It also assists in the implementation of Biden’s promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fund climate programs favoring disadvantaged regions, and establish demand for American EVs, as reported by Reuters.

KEY QUOTE

“This announcement is not merely about clean school buses; It is about the vision. We are enhancing the quality of air breathed by our kids, lowering the emissions of greenhouse gases, and contributing to the innovation of clean vehicles in our country,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan who spoke during a call with the reporters. “As the adoption of electric school buses continues to grow, we will witness new, well-paid manufacturing employment opportunities and local economic development.”