Grants and Incentives
Within California there are several state and local incentive programs available for districts looking to accelerate their transition to electric school buses. See below for more information on the major programs throughout the state.
Government Incentive Programs
EPA Clean School Bus Program
The Clean School Bus Program is a federal program administered by the EPA and funded through FY 2026. Using funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the program has $5 billion to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. $500 million will be made available as a first round of funding for 2022, and applications will be accepted into August.
The Energy Infrastructure Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles (EnergIIZE) project is a part of California's effort to transition all medium and heavy-duty vehicles to zero emission by 2045. EnergIIZE is administered by CALSTART through a $50 million block grant from the CEC, awarded for Clean Transportation Program funding. Beyond CALSTART and the CEC, funding is overseen by Tetra Tech and Grid Alternatives. Funds are allocated to assist the communities most impacted by pollution.
Coordination with electric utilities is critical to site planning and infrastructure deployment, and many utilities have programs in place to help ease the process of transportation electrification. In California, PG&E, Southern California Edison, and SMUD all provide financial incentives for fleet electrification