First Student, a leading provider of school bus transportation, has reached a significant milestone in its efforts to electrify its fleet. The company has now logged over one million miles on its electric school buses, which currently number more than 230. These buses safely transport almost 800,000 students to and from school each year.
This achievement is a clear indication of First Student’s commitment to sustainable transportation and reducing its environmental impact. The company has partnered with over 50 school districts to apply for funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program, resulting in the acquisition of 170 electric school buses for its partners.
According to Kevin L. Matthews, First Student’s Head of Electrification, “As the leader in school bus electrification, this showcases the immediate impact of our efforts to fuel a clean, sustainable future for our children.” The company has a dedicated team of EV and consulting experts working to innovate and improve the transition to electric transportation for communities across North America.
The switch to electric school buses also brings cost savings through lower maintenance and fuel expenses, which can be redirected to educational resources. Each electric bus replaces a diesel bus, resulting in the elimination of up to 54,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
First Student is actively expanding its fleet of electric buses throughout North America, with plans to add 15 to 20 electric buses per month in 2024. The company is currently deploying electric buses in states such as California, Oregon, and Missouri.