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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.

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