EPA Awards Zum $26M to Provide 100% Electric School Bus Fleet to US School Districts

Jan. 10, 2024
The grant will also accelerate the expansion of Zum’s AI-driven technology platform – a tool key to the company’s decarbonization efforts in the school bus industry

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Zum, an American student transportation services company, has received a $26 million grant through the EPA’s first Clean School Bus Program Grants competition.

This grant will allow Zum to transition its fleet of school buses to 100% electric school buses and accelerate the expansion of Zum’s AI-driven technology platform – a tool key to the company’s decarbonization efforts in the school bus industry.

At Zum, our goal is to ensure that all students have access to safe, reliable, and sustainable transportation, and this grant award will propel our electrification efforts in many of the districts that we serve,” said Zum Founder and CEO Ritu Narayan.

Zum is currently partnered with thousands of schools across the US, including Los Angeles Unified School District – the second largest district in the country – as well as San Fransisco Unified School District, Seattle Public Schools, Oakland Unified School District, and Metro Nashville Public Schools.

“Today, we’re once again accelerating the transition to electric and low-emission school buses in America, helping to secure a healthier future where all our children can breathe cleaner air,” said EPA Administrator Michael Regan. “Thanks to President Biden’s historic investments in America, thousands more school buses will hit the road in school districts across the country, saving school districts money and improving air quality at the same time.”

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