Just as electric vehicles are gaining steam in the United States, electric buses are being plugged into many school districts, delivering power, performance and zero emissions from the tailpipe.
School districts are teaming up with utility providers to test out the benefits of electric buses which not only provide cleaner emissions and lower operating costs, but act as a giant battery on wheels, storing power during non-peak periods.
There are growing opportunities for Michigan school districts to shift to electric buses and Hoekstra Transportation is on board to help drive that charge!
Hoekstra has been a leader in the transportation industry for more than 90 years. As a Platinum Certified Dealer of Thomas Built Buses, Hoekstra has assisted schools in meeting their busing needs with flexible, forward-thinking solutions.
As school districts across Michigan decide how to replace their aging fleets, Hoekstra is here to help steer them in the right direction by discussing alternatives such as electric models.
School buses carry millions of children to and from school. The school bus industry is the largest mass transit program in the United States with 480,000 buses that make 10 billion student trips every single year. Replacing all of America’s school buses with electric buses could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 5.3 million tons annually.
According to a recent report: “Electric Buses: Clean Transportation for Healthy Neighborhoods and Cleaner Air,” from Environment America Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, and Frontier Group, replacing all school buses in America with an electric-powered model would be the equivalent of taking 1 million cars off the road, saving millions of tons of pollution annually.
DTE Energy, along with Thomas Built Buses and Hoekstra, is already working with local school districts in Ann Arbor and Roseville to help supercharge the change to electric.
The transition to electric buses is in the process of becoming mutually beneficial for schools and utility companies. Electrified buses are essentially like giant rolling storage units where unused power can be drawn from the school buses back into the energy grid during idle times, such as evenings, weekends, and summer months. Utility companies can then pay the districts for the stored energy transferred back to the grid, generating more than $6,000 in revenue per year for the school districts.
With all the benefits that come with new electric school buses, it’s clearly a win-win situation. It is important that school districts consult with energy providers or Hoekstra to assist in making sure their district has the proper electric infrastructures to power these buses. To learn more about adding electric to your fleet, contact Hoekstra Transportation.