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Sustainability Section of Materials Management Division

Project Information

Department Name Department of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Facility Name Sustainability Section of Materials Management Division
Project Name Michigan Fuel Transformation Program
Completion Date The first of Michigan's electric school buses arrived recently in Gaylord, Oxford, Three Rivers, Kalamazoo and Zeeland. Ultimately, seven school districts -- including Roseville and Ann Arbor -- will receive 17 electric school buses to replace older diesel school buses.
Project Cost The bus purchases were funded with help from EGLE's Fuel Transformation Program (FTP), which was financed through the Volkswagen Mitigation Beneficiary settlement after the automaker was fined for installing emission control defeat devices on many of its diesel vehicles. The $4.2 million from the FTP program helped districts pay for up to 70 percent of the costs associated with buying the buses, as well as Level 2 and DC Fast Charging stations.
Savings (in $)

Michigan's electric school buses feature several benefits, including:

  • Zero emissions
  • No noise pollution
  • Low maintenance
  • STEM teaching and learning opportunities of dollars per year
Payback period/ROI Electric school buses save up to 60% in maintenance and 80% in energy costs over their lifetime.
Impact / Significance The Fuel Transformation Program will have a direct impact on improving air quality by removing 17 old diesel buses and replacing them with new zero emission vehicles. 
Project Summary

This project will eliminate an estimated 5,426 pounds of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and 163.4 pounds of particulate matter (PM2.5) over the lifetime of the new vehicles by December 21, 2022. Additional projects with additional emission reduction targets will begin in fiscal year (FY) 2020.,9349,7-385-90161-516220--,00.html

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