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Los Angeles Unified to Purchase 10 Additional Electric School Buses (3-1-2021)

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Los Angeles Unified to Purchase 10 Additional Electric School Buses 

These ‘Magical School Buses’ Will Help Bring Students to School When Schools Reopen

LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2021) – As part of Los Angeles Unified’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint, it has purchased 10 additional all-electric school buses to add to the existing one electric bus. These “Magic School Buses” are part of Los Angeles Unified’s efforts to transition to zero-emissions.

“Los Angeles Unified remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “A single electric bus will save more than $10,000 annually in lower maintenance costs as compared with a traditional diesel bus and reduce greenhouse gases by 54,000 pounds each year. It’s great these electric buses will arrive in time to bring students to schools when they reopen.” 

The LionC buses can travel 155 miles on a single charge and incorporate an integrated wheelchair lift. The electric buses were funded in part by the California Energy Commission’s School Bus Replacement Program.

“We are always working to make Los Angeles Unified greener and more sustainable,” Board President Kelly Gonez said. “These new buses will not only be better on the environment overall but will provide better air quality for our students and the bus drivers who ride them.”

“Electric buses equal cleaner air,” Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III said. “That benefits our students, our families, our employees, all of us.”

“Los Angeles Unified’s transportation program serves as a journey to exciting places for many of our students and their ticket to campus,” Board Member Mónica García said. “This investment will continue taking kids to new heights and reaching graduation while reducing our carbon footprint.” 

“Now is the time to take effective action on climate change to protect our students, families, and communities,” Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson said. “These all-electric buses will provide efficient and reliable transportation for all our students. I applaud the transportation services division for continuing the efforts to reduce Los Angeles Unified’s carbon footprint, its fuel and maintenance costs in the short-term and long-term fleet plans as we continue to move toward the goal of achieving 100% clean, renewable energy by 2040.”

“I am proud that LA Unified takes its commitment to reducing our carbon footprint seriously,” Board Member Nick Melvoin said. “These buses are a positive step toward building the sustainable world that our students will need to thrive.” 

“By reducing air pollution, electric buses improve our health,” Board Member Jackie Goldberg said. “Less pollution is especially beneficial for our children who have asthma aggravated by living in dense, congested, heavily traveled neighborhoods.”

“We all have a responsibility to slow, stop and reverse the harmful effects of everyday human activity on our environment,” Board Member Tanya Ortiz Franklin said. “These buses are an important step in LA Unified’s deep commitment to ensuring our students are prepared to thrive in life, and that includes having a global and local community capable of sustainability well into the future.”