Earth Day 2022: A Great Success!

April 27, 2022

We know not all heroes wear capes, but these two earth day heroes sure are rocking theirs! photo credit: www.thesaltyboob.life First, a huge thank you is in order to all who showed up to participate in our first large in-person gathering since 2019. Seeing folks together again, enjoying the beautiful sunshine and celebrating Earth Day […]

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Electric School Bus Glossary

March 18, 2022

As we all work to electrify school buses it can be challenging to keep up with all of the acronyms and terms that get thrown around. From Kilowatt to V2G  here is a start of a resource to help you navigate this transition. Glossary of Acronyms ARPA: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Federal stimulus package […]

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A Conversation Between Dusty Diesel and Ellie Electric

We have 1,738 electric school buses (ESB’s) are currently funded, ordered, delivered or operating in the U.S. (CALSTART). But 95% of the nation’s nearly half million school buses are diesel. Lots of tension when new technology meets incumbent technology. Just for fun, let’s imagine how these buses might talk to each other in the bus yard. Ellie […]

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Funding coming available in 2022 for Electric School Buses

March 15, 2022

My ongoing mantra is that buses in general are great (they make public education possible!). I also love the people who drive them, ride them and work on them. Electric school buses (ESB’s) are especially great, because they support the health of all those people and their communities, plus the climate we all share. But, […]

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The Money Cannon for Electric School Buses

January 11, 2022

At a recent school bus conference Jackie Piero of Nuvve noted, “There is a money cannon getting ready to be shot out of Washington D.C. for electric school buses” (ESB’s)” Federal ESB funding, along with how equity and raising up disadvantaged communities should, and probably will, be central to how this funding is administered nationwide. […]

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Ten Tips on Electrifying your Bus Fleet

December 6, 2021

The electric bus world is growing rapidly, with more purchase orders being placed for them weekly, massive federal funding for them being proposed, and Manufactures announcing new manufacturing plants. If you are working to keep up in this complex field, and also to learn to be an anti-racist ally, so am I. If only one of those describes […]

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Electric Buses And Equity: Six Principles For Combining Them

October 27, 2021

Electrification of bus fleets is moving forward at a fast clip around the nation, as is transportation electrification worldwide. We want to look at how and why equity and electrifying our buses can be a both/and, rather than either/or goals that compete with each other in hard times.   1.) Much electric bus funding is tied to […]

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Electric School Bus Tour was a hit! 

May 28, 2021

The Electric Bus Learning Project hit the road earlier this spring to bring Oregon its first electric school bus tour!  During this tour, rural, urban, and suburban school districts in Central, Western and Southern Oregon enjoyed Ride ‘n’ Drives. This means that transportation teams were able to ride on and even drive the buses. While […]

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Get involved with Bend’s climate future

July 8, 2020

The City of Bend is actively recruiting nine positions for the Environment and Climate Committee (ECC) until July 31, 2020. During the June 17th, 2020 City Council meeting, Bend City Council voted to establish the Environment and Climate Committee. The committee’s primary focus is to provide input and recommendations to the City Council on topics […]

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What does my house need to charge an Electric Car?

April 23, 2020

Whether you already own an electric car (EV) or are considering one in the future, when you are looking at new homes it is important to consider what it takes to charge an electric car at home. Depending on how the house is set up, it could limit the speed or cost of installing EV […]

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