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Electric School Buses

First Student simplifies your school bus fleet electrification​

School bus electrification is made easy and affordable by First Student

School districts, parents, and children are interested in electric school buses. In addition to environmental benefits, electrification brings lower costs, less maintenance, and better student experiences.

As the industry leader in home-to-school transportation, we create turnkey solutions for school districts interested in electrification. Close partnerships with leaders in renewable energy generation and our industry expertise make us the right partner for electrifying your fleet.

Our EV consultants collaborate with you through the complex electrification process to:

  • Determine Feasibility 
  • Perform Geographic Analyses
  • Identify Funding Options & Manage the Grant Application Process
  • Determine the Best Vehicle & Minimize Total Cost of Ownership
  • Leverage Size to Drive Down Upfront Cost
  • Optimize Fleet & Routing to Maximize the Benefit of Electric School Buses
  • Build Out, Certify & Manage Necessary Infrastructure Requirements
  • Establish & Monitor Charging Schedule Based on Local Factors
  • Manage V2G Buying and Selling of Electricity

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We have reduced our PM2.5, or small particulate matter, emissions by 82% over the past three years

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We have reduced our CO₂ emissions by 63% over the past three years


Qualified and highly engaged technicians who hold over 3,200 ASE certifications

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We have reduced our nitrogen oxide emissions by 73% over the past three years

Simple and Affordable School Bus Electrification

First Student will work with your school district through the complexities and price barriers to electrify your fleet.  As the largest school bus transportation provider, we leverage our size and scale to drive down the price of electrification. We can help drive costs down further by securing funding, driving efficiency, and generating revenue through grid services like V2G.

First Student has simplifed the electrification process because fleet electrification is in all of our best interests, but specifically, adding electric school buses will benefit your:​

  • Community​
  • Taxpayers​
  • Environment​
  • District
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First Student brings extensive expertise and invaluable relationships with bus manufacturers and energy partners. Owning 43,000 vehicles puts First Student in the market-leading position to supply EV transportation and services for school districts ready to explore higher efficiency, greener electric school buses. First Student has run pilots in multiple locations across North America and can help you understand how local factors can total cost of ownership.

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At First Student, we’re committed to developing and implementing innovative environmental practices and programs for all of the communities we serve. From reducing gas emissions with the use of electric school buses to supporting research into alternative fuel use, we’re determined to leave behind a healthier planet for every student.

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As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student moves more passengers per day than all U.S. airlines combined. We know the value in leveraging our best practices, technologies, and processes to deliver quality transportation solutions. What sets us apart is our desire to build close, trusted partnerships with the districts we serve.​

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