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Green Visions: "Can I buy an electric bus?" (with apologies to The Who)


Here's something more fun to think about than online learning or how to get kids to social distance: electric school buses.

The $2.9 billion dollar settlement the federal government reached with Volkswagen over the car maker's violation of emissions standards has meant, among other things, that Minnesota can spend $3 million dollars of its share on an electric bus pilot program.

Are electric school buses feasible in our double-digit-below-zero winter temperatures?

How fast do their batteries deplete when drivers have to keep the heater running?

The answers to these and many more questions will be answered when the buses for the pilot project hit the road in two years.

More information on the application and selection process for the pilot project is available here.

Look for Electric school bus pilot project

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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