Three Northern Michigan Schools Receive Grants for Electric Busses

The wheels on the bus go round and round, and soon they’re going to be battery-powered.

Several Michigan School districts were given $54 million from the federal government to buy electric buses.

The investment will help improve air quality for students. Electric buses emit zero emissions. The awards are part of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act. Some of the new busses have a 125 mile range on one charge, and Pellston Public Schools Superintendent, Stephen Seelye, says that it will help them cut transportation costs.

“Also the offset of the fuel costs, the diesel that we pay for these busses is a lot of money, and to be able to reduce that cost is great for education,” Seelye said. “Very grateful and excited that we were one of 389 schools in the nation and one in 25 in Michigan to receive this funding.”

The EPA’s Clean School Bus Program is administering the grants.

In northern Michigan, Pentwater and Ojibwe Charter School will also get at least one electric bus.