Every day, more than 650,000 children in Maryland ride to school on one of the State’s approximately 7,200 diesel school buses. Every year, school buses in Maryland travel more that 128 million miles. Diesel school buses emit dangerous pollutants that kids breathe into their developing lungs, causing respiratory illnesses, aggravating asthma and exposing youth to cancer-causing pollutants. School boards and elected officials must put the health of Maryland’s youth and communities first by transitioning the state’s school bus fleet to clean, zero-emission electric school buses.
The School Bus Electrification Pilot Program provides the opportunity to expand the benefits of electric school buses to every school system in Maryland within the territory of an investor-owned utility. The Pilot Program, implemented by the Public Service Commission, will allow school systems to purchase electric school buses at no additional cost to the school system. Each investor-owned utility that participates in the program will cover the incremental costs of purchasing and deploying electric school buses incurred by a school system. The Pilot Program will also provide for no fewer than 25 electric school buses per investor-owned utility for a maximum of $50 million in rebates.