State officials, bus company working on informing school systems about electric buses

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State officials will work with an electric vehicle company to develop a pilot project aimed at putting more zero-emission school buses on West Virginia roads.

Gov. Jim Justice announced the initiative during Thursday’s coronavirus briefing. State Secretary of Economic Development Mitch Carmichael will be responsible for working with GreenPower Motor Company on informing school districts about the potential to purchase electric school buses.

The announcement follows GreenPower’s announcement in January about opening a manufacturing facility in South Charleston. The company signed an agreement regarding a 9.5-acre manufacturing facility and an 80,000-square-foot-building.

“This is designed to help school districts take advantage of federal dollars that are currently available for nearly 100% of the purchase of electric buses,” Justice said.

GreenPower spokesperson Mark Nestlen noted as part of last year’s infrastructure law, Congress dedicated $5 billion toward replacing diesel school buses with zero-emission vehicles.

“That’s now open to our school districts in West Virginia to where they can, in essence, almost get those buses for free,” he said. “The large school buses will have a $375,000 rebate from the federal government. The small school buses, $285,000.”

School systems will also get an additional $20,000 rebate for each bus in order to install the necessary charging infrastructure such as electric vehicle charger installation.

Nestlen additionally announced GreenPower will take possession of the South Charleston site on Aug. 1. The company plans to have completed buses shipped from that facility in September.





More News

News
Apron expansion project continues, other announcements made during Yeager Airport board meeting
The project was a main topic up for discussion during Wednesday's board meeting at the airport with the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority. 
February 29, 2024 - 12:00 am
News
State Lawmakers break down wide variety of bills in busy Crossover Day
Crossover Day is the 50th day out of 60 in the legislative session.
February 28, 2024 - 11:45 pm
News
Charleston chief: Call to 911 saying DOT chief Wriston was driving erratically not true
State transportation secretary may have been set up.
February 28, 2024 - 8:55 pm
News
Kanawha County record store to close after more than 50 years of business
The record store operated in Kanawha City for 52 years.
February 28, 2024 - 8:00 pm