Start-Up Bets on New Model For Putting Electric School Buses On The Road

The city of Beverly is excited to receive its first electric school bus from a startup company in Massachusetts. It will be its fourth overall, with the first three buses as products of the state-funded project from 2016 to 2017.

The recent project, one of the possible many, is the collaboration of Beverly City and Highland Electric Transportation, which is founded by Duncan McIntyre who is a veteran in the renewable energy sector.

The city’s project is part of the long-term solution to the ongoing polluted air emission in Massachusetts, with the transportation sector contributing 45 percent of it. The aim is to fully convert all 22 of the city’s school buses into electrically powered vehicles.

The initial costs are high, about three times than the diesel-powered vehicles. However, both the company and the state have conducted many alternatives to curb the expenses as much as possible such as the cooperation with the National Grid in dispersing unused stored energy and salvaging of materials.

The pilot school bus will serve as the basis for any improvements for the economic strategies and technical approach in the future transitioning for the rest of the fleet.

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