Chesterfield ‘plugs in’ new electric buses during ceremony

Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 1:57 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Chesterfield County school buses are getting jolt, just in time for the school year.

The district added two new electric buses to their fleet of 630 buses in collaboration with Dominion Energy.

“This is a major step in the right direction, it’s been a project two years in the making and we are so proud to unveil it,” said Kevin Carroll, district supervisor for Chesterfield School District.

Dominion Energy and Sonny Merryman delivered electric buses to Chesterfield in May. Chesterfield is now the first school district in metro Richmond to receive electric school buses.

These buses are emissions-free at the tailpipe, and they’re also free of noise pollution and fossil fuels. They feature new safety belt features to keep children safe as they ride to and from school.

“Replacing one diesel bus with an electric bus is the equivalent of removing roughly five cars from the road. Additionally, an electric bus reduces operation and maintenance costs for schools by 60 percent as compared to a diesel model,” stated a release from the county. “Each bus can seat up to 77 students and travel approximately 135 miles on a three-hour charge.”

The new buses will be debuted Aug. 23, the first day of school for Chesterfield County.

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