Despite the likelihood that e-buses may catch fire, the Biden administration is now reportedly planning to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to finance the acquisition of electric school buses.
In addition to the $1 billion already made available under the program, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made an extra $500 million available to help rebate applicants convert their school bus fleets from diesel to electric. The EPA made the announcement on Thursday.
“Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, more students, teachers, and staff are breathing easier this school year as brand-new clean school buses are hitting the road in communities across America. We’ve seen incredible demand for this program from school districts that want to benefit from the transition to cleaner school buses, leading to cost savings for districts, better air quality and less pollution.” EPA Administrator Michael Regan reportedly said.
According to the Institute for Energy Research, a number of electric buses have caught fire around the nation in recent months, a trend largely attributed to problems with their lithium-ion batteries.
Local news sources state that since July 2022, electric buses have caught fire owing to battery problems in Wichita, Kansas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Jose, California; and Hamden, Connecticut.
After receiving praise from Democratic Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and Senator Chris Murphy, the Hamden e-bus fire led to the decision to remove the city’s entire fleet of electric buses from the roads.