District of Columbia Schools Add Buses - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions  -  September 14, 2023

District of Columbia Schools Add Electric Buses

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the state education agency for the District of Columbia, plans to add a fleet of electric school buses.

Phoenix Motor Inc., a company that manufactures all-electric, medium-duty vehicles, announced a contract order for 10 all-electric, zero-emission Type-A school buses to be deployed from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). 

The contract was executed over the summer and calls for the deployment of Phoenix school buses in the District of Columbia during 2024. The Phoenix Type-A School Buses will be built on Ford E-450 chassis powered by Phoenix’s 150-mile range battery electric drive system and a Pegasus Orion school bus body.

“This is a vital first step to improving our carbon footprint and improving air quality in and around our schools and communities,” said State Superintendent Dr. Christina Grant in a statement. “The new electric buses will support our efforts to operate a cleaner and greener bus fleet in our community."

The school buses, compared to their equivalent fossil-fueled alternatives, can reduce atmospheric emissions by approximately 79 tons per vehicle annually, reduce maintenance costs by around 75% and lower fuel costs by approximately 80%.

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