Zero Emission School Bus Acquisition Requirements
Beginning in fiscal year 2025, county Boards of Education may only enter vehicle acquisition contracts for zero emission school buses. County Boards of Education are not required to purchase zero emission school buses if the:
- Buses have an in-service date prior to July 1, 2024;
- Buses do not meet performance requirements; or,
- County Board of Education is unable to obtain funding sufficient to cover the incremental cost of the zero emission school bus.
The Maryland Department of Environment must work with county Boards of Education to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support the acquisition of zero emission school buses.
(Reference Senate Bill 528, 2022)