Ga$ Price$: School District Expands Fleet of Electric School Buses Amid Rising Gas Prices | WDVM25 and DCW50

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDVM) – Public schools in Fairfax County are going green in hopes of saving green.

Parents and officials gathered on Monday to celebrate the addition of new electric school buses to their fleet. This brings the county closer to its goal of having all electric school buses by 2035.

The move away from diesel for electric buses is a trend seen in DMV school districts, and soaring gas prices make this the perfect time to switch.

“Higher prices at the pump underscore the need to accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy and provide affordable and convenient transportation options that are less vulnerable to these price spikes,” said Michael Regan, administrator of the EPA.

Regan says President Biden’s new legislation means more buses are on the way.

“There is an unprecedented $5 billion investment underway for low- and zero-emission school buses from the bipartisan Infrastructure Act,” Regan said. “I proudly joined Vice President Harris in announcing $17 million in clean school bus grants to school districts across the country.”

Parents from advocacy groups Mothers Out Front and Moms Clean Air Force say electricity means less taxpayer money for gas and more focus on education.

“Obviously I want to cut costs for school districts so the money can go to learning instead of gas,” said Bobby Monacella of Mothers Out Front. “The switch to electric school buses and electric vehicles in general can only help everyone.”

FCPS students believe that the absence of emissions means a healthier environment for their peers.

“We are children now. We have to make sure we improve the environment for future generations,” said sixth-grade student Lena.

As a war rages in Ukraine, change will also mean energy independence for the school system.

“As we look at this international crisis and price volatility, a lot of it comes from crude oil, which impacts our fuel supply. The fact that we can have cleaner air and not be dependent on the volatility of international awards is good for the school system and the way we use taxpayers’ money,” Regan said.

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