We can protect kids' health, reduce climate pollution, and have cleaner communities with electric buses.

Each day buses carry millions of children to and from school and move millions more Americans around our cities. But most of the buses on the road are diesel, powered by dirty fossil fuels, polluting our communities, endangering the health of children, and putting our climate at greater risk.

Nearly 95 percent of America’s school buses run on diesel. Diesel exhaust has been linked to several serious health risks, including increased rates of respiratory illnesses and cancer. Diesel exhaust is internationally recognized as a cancer-causing agent and classified as a likely carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Our kids deserve a safe ride to school. Getting an education shouldn’t include a daily dose of toxic pollution, or increase the chances that kids will get sick. And why would we continue to use diesel buses — many of of which our tax dollars pay for — if they are making the climate crisis worse?

  • <h3>BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC BUSES</h3><p>Electric buses don’t emit any tailpipe pollution, eliminating exhaust that is linked to asthma attacks, respiratory illness and cancer. </p>
  • <h3>BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC BUSES</h3><p>Replacing all of America’s school buses with electric buses could avoid an average of 5.3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.</p>
  • <h3>BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC BUSES</h3><p>Our research found that an electric school bus can save school districts nearly $2,000 a year in fuel costs.</p>
  • <h3>BENEFITS OF ELECTRIC BUSES</h3><p>Compared to a diesel bus, an electric school bus equipped with vehicle-to-grid capabilities could save more than $31,000 over a bus’s 16-year lifetime.</p>
Clean Buses Are Ready To Roll

Electric bus pilot programs are already underway in states including California, Massachusetts and Minnesota. The mayors of Los Angeles and Seattle have joined a pact with 10 other mayors around the world to purchase only electric transit buses after 2025. And Los Angeles MTA, the 2nd largest transit district in the country with over 2,000 transit buses has committed to go all electric by 2025.

We need to move faster, and go further to protect the kids health. We’re working to make every American school bus electric by 2030. Through our Electric Buses, Healthy Kids campaign we’re working to encourage state and local officials to do more to pave the way.

Now Is The Time

State officials can use money from the Volkswagen’s “Dieselgate” settlement to subsidize the purchase of electric buses, saving millions of dollars from the cost of transitioning to clean buses. In addition, we’re also advocating for policies that would:

  • Create incentive programs and grants for transit agencies, school districts and bus contractors to help finance the upfront cost of electric buses.
  • Facilitate the installation of charging infrastructure through programs that help cover the costs.
  • Create low-cost financing programs to help agencies, districts and bus contractors leverage other sources of funding.
  • Provide research and technical assistance to make it easier to transition to electric buses.
You Can Help

We’ve worked to promote healthier, cleaner transportation policies for decades, and we know how to win at the state and local levels. The key to our success is a strong base of members and supporters in every state.

TAKE ACTION
Tell Your Governor: Invest In Clean, Electric School Buses

It's time to stop putting our children on dirty, diesel school buses that endanger our health and communities. Call on state leaders to invest in electric school buses.