Driving a Cleaner Future with TEP’s Electric School Bus Program

Electric school buses are the future of school transportation. A win for everyone, they:

  • Are environmentally-friendly, running without harmful, direct emissions
  • Produce less noise, helping students enjoy a cleaner and more peaceful ride
  • Offer better performance in terms of drivability, maintenance, and consumption.
  • Cost less to operate, since electricity is cheaper than fossil fuels and there are fewer moving parts and no oil changes.
tailpipe or direct emissions
less nitrogen oxide
cost per mile for electric bus, compared to $1.36 for a diesel school bus

Benefits of TEP’s Electric School Bus 3-Year Transportation Pilot

  • Up to $250,000 in incremental cost funding for electric buses for income-qualifying schools
  • Up to $75,000 in charging infrastructure
  • Fleet Transition Phasing Plans
  • Up to $11,000 per bus for seat belts
  • Allocation of 30 buses throughout TEP service territory, chosen on a first come, first served basis but subject to pilot goals

Participants must:

  • Be a public or charter school customer with a bus fleet within TEP’s service territory
  • Agree to participate in the TEP Smart EV Charging Program
  • Complete a site host and funding agreement
  • Meet school bus specifications from TEP
  • Meet site location requirements
  • Be responsible for operation and maintenance of buses and charging equipment
  • Participate in vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration and study