Biden-Harris Administration Announces More Than $57 Million in Awards for Clean School Buses in Georgia 

Atlanta, GA — This week, the Biden-Harris administration announced nearly $1 billion in funding to 67 applicants to transition to electric and low-emission school buses. This groundbreaking investment, part of $5 billion authorized for the Clean School Bus Program under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will assist in the purchase of more than 2,700 clean school buses in 280 school districts which serve over 7 million students across 37 states. This includes more than $57 million in awards to help Georgia buy at least 181 electric buses. 

“Our kids are our future, and we should be doing everything in our power to ensure that the air they breathe is clean and healthy,” said Climate Power States Managing Director Saumya Narechania. “This investment by the Biden administration is a critical step in the right direction to minimize the pollution caused by our nation’s largest mass transit system. Transitioning to electric buses will help school districts save money, create more clean energy jobs, keep America’s kids safer, and help us tackle the climate crisis.” 

Every day, 25 million school children ride on 480,000 school buses, which represent our nation’s largest mass transit fleet. Electric buses cost around $100,000 less in fuel and maintenance than buses that run on diesel, while producing less than half of the carbon pollution. 

Through the Clean School Bus Program, awardees can receive either grants or rebates to purchase eligible buses. In this recently announced round of funding, school districts in low-income, rural, and/or Tribal communities accounted for approximately 86% of funded projects. This nearly $1 billion investment brings the total awarded through the Clean School Bus Program to $2 billion, with around 5,000 clean school buses purchased nationwide.

EPA is currently accepting applications for the 2023 Clean School Bus Rebate Program until January 31, 2024.