National Express LLC, the second-largest student transportation provider in North America, and its subsidiary Durham Schools Services are collaborating with Highland Electric Fleets, North America’s top school bus fleet Electrification-as-a-Service provider. Together, they’re rolling out 52 electric school buses for educational institutions across California, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.
Why It Matters
With the electrification of school buses, children’s health, community well-being, and environmental preservation are receiving a significant boost. Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory highlight the substantial benefits of zero-emissions school buses. The EPA financially supports this venture with a grant exceeding $20M, which aids the ongoing electrification process.
- The electric buses are set to serve the Compton Unified School District (California), Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy (Rhode Island), and Rumney School District (New Hampshire).
- National Express LLC is deeply committed to transitioning towards a completely electric school bus fleet and aims to achieve 100% zero emissions by 2035.
- For the deployment of these buses, partnerships have been established with leading bus manufacturers, IC and Thomas Built Buses.
- The collaboration emphasizes National Express LLC’s dedication to global environmental sustainability while ensuring reliable student transportation.
The combined expertise of National Express LLC, Highland Electric Fleets, and their manufacturing partners signifies a monumental shift toward sustainable student transportation. This partnership brings forward a cleaner, dependable transportation solution for school districts and underscores a shared commitment to shaping a healthier, brighter future for students and communities.