Electric School Bus Program
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) must implement an Electric School Bus program to determine the reliability and cost effectiveness of replacing diesel-powered school buses with electric school buses. Over a three-year period, DEP must select 18 school districts and school bus contractors that operate in the northern, central, and southern regions of New Jersey to participate.
Each year, DEP must award grants to the eligible participants for the purchase or lease of electric school buses and associated charging infrastructure. At least half of program participants and grant funding must be located in a low-income, urban, or environmental justice communities.
(Reference Assembly Bill 1282, 2022)