Gaylord Community Schools Receives Electric Buses

A northern Michigan school district is the first in the state to receive electric school buses.

Two buses arrived Monday at Gaylord Community Schools.

They’re two of 17 being delivered to districts across the state.

The school paid about $80,000 per bus, which is about the same cost as a diesel bus.

Grants from the Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy covered the rest.

The superintendent of Gaylord schools says they’re excited to add the buses to their fleet.

“It’s the innovation part of it and bringing that part of it to our students so now the future has been brought to them and they’re stepping on riding to school on one of these buses. It’s one of those things that you see come out about a year ago and you wonder is this really going to happen, how’s it going to work and the more we researched it we found out it was a good fit here,” said Brian Pearson, Superintendent of Gaylord Community Schools.

The buses are expected to last about 15 years and save the district about 3,000 gallons of fuel each year.

They’re expected to be on the road sometime next week.