Connecticut's only all-electric school bus will enable the district to not only reduce carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency and lower fuel costs, but ensure children a more healthful ride to and from school.
State and local officials unveiled DATTCO's small Collins Type A All-Electric School Bus Monday at the high school. The $350,000 vehicle runs on five sodium chloride batteries, according to President
Prices for diesel-powered small buses start around $60,000, and the larger ones cost $80,000s and up, according to the company. A DATTCO official said the
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Development costs for such vehicles are very expensive, said DeVivo, who expects the price tag to come down. He likened the situation to 50-inch televisions selling for $4,000 when they first emerged. Now, they are $400, he said.
"It was a significant cost, but there's a cost to being first," DeVivo said. His company was able to replace one diesel-powered school bus with an electric one. There will be more on the way beginning in September, he said.
"We like to be first here in
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Transportation accounts for 38 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, Brown said. "This is really where the rubber meets the road when it comes to doing things that invest in climate change mitigation. This is the perfect example of where it can be — local, state, and our federal government finally going in the right direction."
In the early 2000s, the state
"They found the diesel emissions for the school bus could make it into the cabin pretty easily, increasing exposure to children on the bus who were on 30-minute or longer rides," Hackett said.
"Any reduction in those diesel particulate emissions for children whose lungs are still developing is really important," she said.
One of the biggest advantages is maintenance, DeVivo said. "There's no engine, there's no oil changes, you're really saving," he said.
The city is known for its progressive action. In November, the district was the first to pilot a free COVID-19 mobile testing program at all district schools.
Last summer, Connecticut Biotech donated 220 face mask exoskeletons to
"We pride ourselves on being the first in experimentation and testing," said
"This is the future of education, to be able to align our progressive academic program around innovation," the superintendent said.
Florsheim praised DATTCO for taking the initiative. "We know this is the way the market is going, we know the climate crisis requires us to act, so we are going to act," he said. "It's an incredible reusage of the
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