Target: American School Bus Council
Goal: Make all U.S. school buses electric, eliminating gas emissions to promote a healthier environment
The U.S. uses about 480,000 school buses every day during the school year to transport half of the student population to and from school. At the recent National Association for Pupil Transportation Annual Summit in Grand Rapids, Michigan Trans Tech Bus and Motiv Power Systems presented their new electric school bus that can save school districts about 16 gallons of gas each day, adding up to about $11,000 saved in fuel costs each year. The new electric prototype can transport up to 32 students or 24 students in addition to a wheelchair. Manufacturers plan to include four to five battery packs with each bus, allowing them to travel up to 100 miles before re-charging. U.S. schools should be equipped with a fleet of electric buses to save money and protect the environment.
According to reports by the Wall Street Journal, school buses would make the ideal electric vehicles. They run predictable, local routes, eliminating the probability that they would run out of battery power, and they sit for long hours each day, allowing plenty of time for batteries to recharge in between runs. Also, they report that because school buses stop so frequently, they are able to “capture some of the energy used in applying the brakes to recharge their batteries, extending their range.” Electric school buses could, and should, easily become the standard for American schools.
The Kings Canyon School District in California is leading the way in changing over to electric school buses, spending about $35,000 to invest in its first electric bus for the 2014 school year. The school district is located in a region with low air quality, so it is important to the district to contribute to cleaner air. The district will be saving money in the long run, as it costs only about $17 to recharge an electric bus’ battery, compared to about $60 per diesel fuel fill up, making the switch to electric school buses not only environmentally friendly, but also economic. Urge the American School Bus Council to push for electric school buses in all districts.
Dear American School Bus Council Members,
Electric school buses could pave the way to a healthier environment and lower costs for school districts in the long run. Electric school buses, though a large initial investment, could save schools about $11,000 a year in fuel costs. They can transport about 32 students at a time, and can travel up to 100 miles without having to be recharged.
The Wall Street Journal deems school buses the ideal electric vehicle. With predictable routes and frequent stops, it is nearly impossible to run out of battery power. When school buses rest in between routes they have ample time to fully recharge. Not only are these buses convenient, modern, and economically sensible in the long run, but they can make a large impact on the environment. The U.S. uses about 480,000 school buses per day, which emit harmful diesel exhaust into the air. If all of these buses were replaced with electric buses, the quality of our air nationwide would greatly improve. Please replace school buses across the country with electric buses, taking a stand for a better future for schools, and for the environment.
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