Electric Bus Grant Awarded to Snoqualmie Valley School District
The Snoqualmie Valley School District applied for and was recently awarded a grant to purchase an electric school bus and charging station. Our school district will receive one of 40 new zero-emission electric buses purchased for Washington State school districts.
In a press release on April 29, 2020, the Governor and Washington State Department of Ecology announced this is one of the largest investments in zero-emission school buses in the country.
Funding from Washington’s share of a nationwide Volkswagen settlement will pay for the buses. The grants are intended to accelerate replacing older diesel school buses and help cover the additional costs of purchasing an electric bus, compared to a conventional diesel bus. School districts can also use some of the funding to pay for charging stations.
Specifically, SVSD will be awarded a $300,000 Electric Bus Grant to purchase one electric bus and up to $25,000 for infrastructure costs related to installing a charging station. We are among 22 school districts across the state receiving this opportunity, aimed at reducing air pollution from transportation.
“We are excited to receive this grant and be a part of an initiative that’s working to build an infrastructure aimed at improving school bus transportation options,” explained Snoqualmie Valley Assistant Superintendent Ryan Stokes. Based on additional grant documentation needed to finalize our contract, he anticipates the new bus and charging station will be available for use sometime in 2021.