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EV Consulting

Our experts will help assess, plan and implement your electric school bus fleet

Consulting provides cost and time savings for electrifying your school bus fleet

Electrification is not as simple as buying a bus and plugging it in. There are many steps and discussions that need to happen before you can purchase an electric school bus and charger. One of the benefits of consulting with an organization that owns and operates the largest EV school bus fleet in North America is that we have the knowledge and expertise to provide a strategic plan that is best suited for your fleet and district.

Site assessment, grant application, utility outreach, infrastructure design, hardware and software selection, charger and bus selection, construction and deployment can all be made easier with the help of an consulting team of electric school bus experts.

We offer 3 levels of electric school bus consulting which includes the following:

  • On the Ground Site Assessment
  • Route Assessment
  • Operational Details
  • Available Funding Search and Application
  • Utility Outreach/Onboarding
  • Infrastructure Design
  • Hardware and Software Selection
  • Bus and Charger Selection
  • Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculation
  • Power/Utility Coordination
  • Consulting with, and Selection of, Construction Firm
  • Design RFP

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Getting Started with School Bus Electrification

First Student’s EV Consulting Team is prepared to make sure your district is set up for success in your electrification efforts.

Kevin L. Matthews is the Head of Electrification at First Student and is responsible for the strategy that will drive the development and deployment of all electrification initiatives and technologies. First Student is the largest operator of school buses in North America with over44,000 units in its fleet.  Further, First Student is largest operator of electric school buses with over 170 deployed and carrying students with several hundred more on order.

Kevin has worked in the environment sector for more than 30 years. He has served as the managing director of the sustainability sector at National Strategies, LLC, as well as served as the co-project director of the Clinton Global Initiative EV School Bus project, that demonstrated Total Cost of Ownership of electric units could reach parity with fossil fuel school buses.

Kevin worked at AIG Environmental and took on several different roles in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Lloyd Ickes is the Director of Charging at First Student.

Lloyd has over 25 years of experience in all phases of federal, state and private infrastructure project development.  Lloyd has previously held the positions of Sr project manager for Electric vehicle construction with 7-eleven, National Construction Manager for Electrify America, Sr. Project Manager for Chugach Federal Services and CEO/Co-founder of G & T Construction.  Lloyd is also a retired E7 from the United States Air Force.

Lloyd joined First Student in September 2022.

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Alex Cook is the VP of Engineering at First Student.

Alex is the inaugural recipient of the 2022 Innovator Award, Sponsored by School Transportation News in partnership with NSTA, for his flexible, quickly deployable, behind-the-meter school bus charging infrastructure.

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