Boston Public Schools to launch Bus Electrification program

April 8, 2022
The transition will be gradual, with 20 buses to be introduced in 2022-2023 school year

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced that Boston Public Schools is launching an electric school bus pilot program.

The city will also grow its green jobs workforce with the launch of the EV ‘train the trainer’ program – a partnership between the Public Works Department and Madison Park Technical Vocational High School.

Under the pilot, Boston Public Schools will initially deploy 20 electric buses in the 2022-2023 school year, replacing its diesel buses. The transition will be gradual, replacing additional big buses each year until the complete electrification of its fleet. The aim is to have a complete electric fleet by 2030. It has 739 buses at present, contributing 11% of the City’s municipal emissions.

The Boston school district will use its operating budget and American Rescue Plan Act funds to deploy the first 20 buses over the next eight to ten months.

The district will also launch a request for information to obtain inputs on electrification strategies and potential solutions to challenges to electrification.

The city will also train students and fleet managers in electric vehicle maintenance through Madison Park’s Automotive Technology Program. The core curriculum of Madison Park’s Automotive Technology Program will soon include electric vehicle maintenance.

The city is also installing EV charging stations across neighborhoods. It has installed 66 EV charging plugs and had announced plans to install another 15 in 2022 and early 2023. 

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