Gresham-Barlow, Centennial, Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro and Salem-Keizer districts will each receive funding to purchase an electric school bus, install charging infrastructure and receive technical and training support.
The six districts are winners of Portland General Electric's 2021 Electric School Bus Fund. This is the second year the competitive award is held. Last year, PGE awarded grants to five school districts, including the Reynolds School District, to purchase new electric buses.
The Electric School Bus Fund covers the incremental cost of the electric school buses (the difference in cost between a standard diesel bus and an electric bus) and the installation of charging infrastructure costs.
The districts were chosen based on its commitments to help underserved communities and incorporate the electric buses into student education around climate science.
PGE is also providing technical assistance to school districts throughout the process, including site assessments, cost-benefit analysis, vehicle and charger selection support, and driver and mechanic support. In return, participating school districts will share insights with other districts interested in transitioning to electric transportation.
"Electrifying transportation is a key driver of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and an important step toward reaching our goal of 100 percent clean energy for all Oregonians," said Maria Pope, president and chief executive officer of Portland General Electric. "Seeing kids of all ages, our future, traveling to and from school in electric buses is a moment of pride for all of us at PGE, and we are excited to partner with school districts across the state."
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