Electric school bus demonstration at Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Amherst-Pelham Regional School District is one of four school in Massachusetts receiving a state grant for an electric school bus. The grant is worth up to 400,000 dollars for the bus and its charging station.

The company eLion, based in Canada, manufactures these electric buses and other types of electric cars.  Electric buses require much more power than electric cars and it takes 4-6 hours to charge the buses.

But studies have been done showing the buses will ultimately save money.  Bill Glucksman of Amherst Regional-Pelham schools told 22News that “When you look at a cost of a fleet, fuel is one of the top expenses. That’s where the electric bus shines. Fuel costs and maintenance can really add up quickly.”

This will be the first time these buses will be in Massachusetts. eLion has delivered 35 buses since the start of 2016, but only in Canada. Glucksman said the school is looking to have this bus running sometime this fall.

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