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The Arts Based School in Winston-Salem receives $345,000 for an all-electric school bus

The school has been working closely with Piedmont Environmental Alliance to make this happen.

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This model of electric bus is called “The Jouley” and can serves as a mobile source of power in case of a natural disaster.

Photo by Will Eley via Piedmont Environmental Alliance

The wheels of this bus will go round and round — and that’s thanks to a zero-emission transportation grant The Arts Based School in Winston-Salem received to purchase an all-electric school bus.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $345,000 to the charter school via the Clean School Bus Program to replace its older, diesel-fueled school bus. Robin Hollis, charter director of The Arts Based School, is thrilled about the news.

“We’re excited to use our new electric bus as both a learning tool and a means to get from here to there,” Hollis said. “Our students will get to learn about the environmental benefits of an electric vehicle. We hope to inspire other schools to take action toward environmental stewardship.”

Schools districts can apply for a similar grant to help pay for new, zero-emission class six or seven school buses. Applications for the 2024 Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles Grant Program areopen until Thursday, July 25. Recipients will be notified in November.