The Lion Electric Co. (Lion) announced their very first deliveries of its all-electric school buses funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) as part of the School Bus Replacement Program in California. Lion delivered five zero-emission vehicles today to Twin Rivers Unified School District in Sacramento, officially giving the district the largest electric school bus fleet in the country. As of today, Twin Rivers operates seventeen Lion electric school buses.
“Twin Rivers Unified School District is honored to be among the school districts receiving electric buses from the California Energy Commission’s first School Bus Replacement Program. It is an excellent day for our students and community as we add these ten new buses to our current fleet of 25 EV buses,” stated Twin Rivers Unified School District Director of Transportation, Timothy Shannon.
Five more vehicles will be heading to additional school districts all over California before year-end. In fact, Durham Unified School District and Baldwin Park Unified School District will be receiving electric buses this week.
Nancy I. Leon, Baldwin Park Unified School District Senior Executive Assistant declared; “The Baldwin Park Unified School District is proudly taking the first steps to remove our carbon footprint by introducing electric school buses into our fleet for the first time as we strive to provide a positive learning environment and teach students about environmental citizenship.”
As part of the School Bus Replacement Program, Lion was awarded five out of the six categories and is pleased to help the Energy Commission stay on schedule and budget with this important grant. The State of California leads the nation in zero emission school bus deployments. These buses provide a healthy breathing environment for children and save districts money through reduced operating expenses.
About the Energy Commission’s Program
The Energy Commission School Bus Replacement Program is providing school districts with the opportunity to receive up to ten clean air, zero-emission school buses, and have their charging infrastructure installed. Participating school districts were selected based on disadvantaged community criteria and the fleet age. This program prevents diesel particulates from polluting the air and scraps older diesel school buses.