Michigan school districts pilot vehicle-to-grid technology


Electric vehicle manufacturer The Lion Electric Co has announced the participation of 11 of its electric buses in the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation’s Electric School Bus Pilot Project.  

The aim of the project is to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in the regions designated as air quality priority areas, in a bid to improve the lives of children vulnerable to the harmful effects of diesel emissions.

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The 125-mile range electric buses, each which have a passenger capacity of 71 occupants each, will be distributed to Zeeland Public Schools, Oxford Community Schools, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Gaylord Community Schools and Three Rivers Community Schools.

The school districts will be able to integrate excess energy onto the main grid during peak periods to improve the reliability of the grid network.

The excess energy can also be used to power school sites as well as emergency shelters.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, said: “Programmes like these that replace diesel-powered school buses with electric models allow for students to learn about advancing technology and see what a real impact they can have when it comes to climate change. These advancements put Michigan on track towards longer environmental sustainability and reinforce Michigan’s continued leadership when it comes to next-generation transportation.”

David Meeuwsen, executive director of the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation, states, “We are excited to be one of the first districts in the State of Michigan to use Lion’s zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) for our students. This Pilot project will have the chance to demonstrate all the positive outcomes that ZEV have to offer our communities, like Cleaner air, S.T.E.M. classrooms, vehicle-to-building, vehicle-to-grid, Less maintenance cost, and a quieter bus.”