CINCINNATI — First Student, the industry leader in electrification, will be driving change in more communities. The company will be assisting 11 additional school districts with deploying a total of 165 electric school buses to create a safer and cleaner ride to school.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the districts funding as part of its new Clean School Bus Program. The EPA is allocating funds for districts to help cover the cost of replacing fossil fuel school buses with zero-emission school buses.
“At First Student, we recognize the impact of providing cleaner transportation options,” said First Student Head of Electrification Kevin L. Matthews. “We thank the EPA for the implementation of the Clean School Bus Program, which will benefit children and communities across the U.S. Electric school buses have proven they can reliably transport students in urban, rural and suburban areas. We look forward to working with our school district partners to modernize their fleets and improve the environmental health of the students we transport.”
An internal team of experts at First Student will collaborate with the districts to simplify the electrification process. The company is already implementing, managing and maintaining this ground-breaking technology at other locations across North America.
First Student is a leader in the move toward vehicle electrification as a pillar of commitment to sustainability. It has more electric school buses in operation than any other school transportation provider. First Student’s EV fleet is expected to grow to 300 buses by the first half of 2023.
About First Student
As a leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services, including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization, and scheduling, maintenance, and charter services with a fleet of about 40,000 buses. For more information, visit firststudentinc.com.