Accelerating Clean Transportation School Bus (Actbus) Advisory Services

The Challenge: Reducing Barriers to Electrifying School Buses 

Despite the health benefits of going electric, school districts face barriers to electrifying their school bus fleets. Along with additional costs to purchase buses and associated charging, there is a technical gap between diesel bus and electric bus operation. Electric bus deployment comes with a new set of challenges like finding the right place to put charging infrastructure, new maintenance protocols, and seeking out funding opportunities to put electric buses at price parity with diesel. Without additional funding and planning support, school districts – especially those with resource and budget constraints – are facing significant difficulties to electrifying.  

Program Area
Clean Transportation
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About ACT School Bus Fleet Advisory Services  

Through the ACT School Bus program, MassCEC intends to deploy electric school bus projects across Massachusetts and provide fleet electrification planning support to school districts. MassCEC will work with a consultant team to assist with the program and address the gap in technical knowledge impeding school bus fleets from electrifying. The Fleet Advisory Services Technical Consultant will provide technical services to school districts and/or third-party school transportation providers including preparing grantees for future funding opportunities and developing feasibility designs, financial models, vehicle and charging station procurement plans, and educational materials.   

See our Advisory Services Consultant RFP, recently closed here

Program Goals  

The goals of ACT School Bus Advisory Services are to:  

  • Help school districts across the Commonwealth plan for future Fleet electrification in accordance with the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program 

  • Provide experienced technical expertise to school districts through the development of financial models, feasibility studies, and procurement plans for future school bus fleet electrification 

Project Team 

Advisory Consultant 

MassCEC will work with a consultant to conduct the following tasks: 

  • Help school districts identify additional funding opportunities for school bus electrification  

  • Evaluate school districts’ best options for early electrification including feasibility designs and financial modeling for costs and savings 

  • Provide procurement plans for electric school buses and charging infrastructure, as well as educational material for future personnel training