NJ to accelerate switch to electric school buses

New Jersey is accelerating its transition to electric school buses, a step advocates say will reduce harmful air pollution as well as curb emissions contributing to climate change. On Thursday, Gov.

Phil Murphy signed a law (S-759) that will provide $45 million over three years to purchase zero-emission buses and award them to at least six school districts or bus contractors. At least half of the $15 million awarded annually by the state Department of Environmental Protection will be allocated to a low-income urban or environmental justice community.

Converting diesel buses to an electric fleet has been a top priority of environmental organizations over the past few years. The pilot program, they say, could jump-start efforts to convert the fleet […].

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