Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Roseville Community Schools in Roseville, Mich., will begin using electric school buses to help deliver school meals and transport students if in-person learning is available.
The buses are being provided by clean energy company DTE Energy and are estimated to give more than 40% in savings on fuel and maintenance over time compared to traditional buses. They are also expected to save almost 490 tons of greenhouse gas emissions during their lifetime.
“The addition of zero-emission buses to the AAPS fleet allows this district a new opportunity to highlight clean energy solutions to the community,” Jeanice K. Swift, superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools, said in a statement. “The versatility of these buses will enable AAPS to continue to deliver over 9,000 meals to students, twice a week, many of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch in the Ann Arbor Public School District.