Thanks to a $7.5 million grant obtained through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The East Baton Rouge Parish School System will have the option of buying electric buses.
The school system announced in a news release the grant will allow for the purchase of 19 new electric-powered buses from Lion Electric Co. Lion was awarded the EPA “2022 Clean School Bus Rebate Program” grant on behalf of EBR Schools to fund the purchase of buses and chargers.
If approved by the school board, it would be the first time in the school district’s history It will receive fully funded buses. Each LionC bus can hold up to 71 passengers. The buses are 40 feet long, 120 inches wide and have a 125-mile capacity.
Lion is North America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of all-electric, zero-emission school buses.
Lion currently has over 390 electric school buses on the road with more than 9 million miles driven, according to the company’s website.
The plan will be presented to the school board for approval in February.