On January 30, officials will gather for an inaugural ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the new fleet of EV buses, which were supported by $9.425 million from the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program. This program aims to bring cleaner air and more equitable and reliable transportation to kids in the area who are “disproportionately impacted by climate change.”
Schools in Baltimore City have partnered with Highland Fleets, a company that provides school bus fleet electrification-as-a-service in North America, to apply for the first round of the Clean School Bus program. Michigan also received funding for electric school buses in eight districts.
Baltimore City Schools are one of 642 districts to receive funding through the Clean School Bus Program. A total of 5,103 buses are set to be replaced, with 439 awards given so far, totaling over $1.8 billion. Funding for the program is provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which sets aside $5 billion over five years, from 2022 to 2026, to replace school buses with zero-emissions buses.
Baltimore has also recently announced its plan to electrify its entire fleet of vehicles by 2030. This commitment aligns with the goal of making Baltimore a climate-conscious and sustainable government. Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott emphasized the city’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and modernize alongside environmental goals.