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September 10, 2021   |   The Wall Street Journal


Infrastructure Bill Could Jump-Start Electric School Bus Business

The money, the largest ever federal funding effort for electric school buses, could pay for the entire cost of new buses and charging infrastructure. The bill doesn’t specify how the program will distribute the money and what purchase limits a district could face.

Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum whose membership includes fuel suppliers and truck and heavy-machinery manufacturers, declined to comment on the bill, but said Congress shouldn’t favor one technology over another.

Sen. Jodi Ernst (R., Iowa) tried unsuccessfully to direct half of the funding exclusively for alternative-fuel-run buses. “Alternative fuels—like ethanol and biodiesel—offer consumers a cleaner, more affordable choice at the pump while supporting Iowa’s farmers and producers who feed and fuel the world,” she said.

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