Electric School Bus Energizes Learning

February 10, 2020

Most of us have seen an electric vehicle but few have seen an electric school bus. For residents of Kremmling, Colo., that is about to change.

The West Grand School District plans to add an electric school bus to its fleet – a 78-passenger Bluebird All American with a 120-mile range.

The district is getting the bus at no cost; it’s being funded by the state and the local and regional electric providers.

Colorado’s Regional Air Quality Council provided a grant of more than $250,000. The remaining funds came from Mountain Parks Electric, a not-for-profit electric cooperative, and Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the not-for-profit power provider for Mountain Parks Electric.

“We are thrilled to see the school district go electric,” said Mountain Parks Electric General Manager Mark Johnston. “Mountain Parks Electric’s power supply is becoming increasingly renewable. And one of the best ways to put that renewable energy to work is to replace fossil fuels with electric alternatives, like this school bus.”

The school district expects to receive its new bus in August – just in time to energize the back-to-school season.

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