Students for Electric Buses
We are a coalition of students from four schools and counting to transition schools from diesel-guzzling buses (>99% of current buses) to electric school buses. Let's protect the health of students and Earth with electric school buses.
Why Transition to Electric School Buses?
Electric school buses are part of the world's transition to clean infrastructure.
Every bus transitioned from diesel to electric:
- Saves 17 metric tons of CO2 equivalent each year, the same as three average New Yorkers emit annually.
- Stabilizes the grid through valley filling and peak shaving, reducing the use of fossil fuels during energy valleys and making the grid more resilient.
- No NOx or CO₂ tailgate emissions and fewer PM2.5 particles (dangerous particles for environment and health).
Noxious fumes are harmful to everyone, especially children, whose hearts and lungs are developing. Diesel buses affect those in the bus, and lower the air quality of the communities they drive through. In addition to the bodily harm, studies have suggested it takes a toll on students' performance at school.
- Decreases students' risk of developing asthma, cardiovascular illnesses, and cancer.
- If all of NYC's schools switched over to electric, it would save $18 million in health care costs. -City Hall
Electric school buses are now cheaper than diesel buses their lifetime. Thanks to dozens of incentives, programs, and the nature of an e-bus (cheaper fuel and maintenance costs), they are financially benificial!
- Neighborhoods won't have to regularly listen to that noisy engine that reaches 80-95 decibels drive through the streets.
- Quieter, more peaceful experience for the students, teachers, and drivers. People do not have to shout over the engine to talk to each other.
Less Dependence on Oil
- No worries about fluctuating gas prices or oil crises. Electricity prices fluctuate much less than gas prices.
- It is better for the U.S. economy to be less dependent on foreign oil.
- E-buses have fewer moving parts, so they do not need as much maintenance.
- Less time off the road for repairs.
More Stable Energy Grid
- Valley filling and peak shaving mean the grid is more stable and needs fewer power plants to operate.
- Electricity is cheaper for everyone during high demand.
- Nature Health Article: nature.com/articles/s41893-023-01088-7 (annotated version)Main points: when older diesel buses were replaced with cleaner vehicles, students attended school more.