Commitment to Action

Launching the Market for Electric School Buses

Commitment by

PJM Interconnection LLC, National Strategies, LLC (NSI), EY

In 2013, National Strategies LLC, PJM Interconnection, Ernst & Young LLC, and their partners, including Drive Oregon, NRG Energy, and the County of Los Angeles, committed to design and execute two school district pilot projects that will demonstrate the economic viability of transitioning to battery-electric school buses without increasing the cost of pupil transportation. The partners will target the procurement of eight vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-building (V2B) capable electric school buses (four school buses per district). In partnership with a utility, the project partners will install charging technology and 'smart grid' electronics necessary for bidirectional electricity flow between the school buses and the electrical grid. On the financing side, the project partners will draw on the financial and operational data generated from the pilot projects to make the case to financial institutions and school/ municipal finance departments to develop one or more bus financing models to enable larger fleet purchases of electric school buses.

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Commitment

Launching the Market for Electric School Buses

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

4 years

Estimated Total Value

$11,000,000

Region

Northern America

Countries

United States

Commitment by

PJM Interconnection LLC, National Strategies, LLC (NSI), EY

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

County Of Los Angeles, EV Grid, NRG Energy, Inc., Drive Oregon