Electric School Buses Could Be “Mobile Batteries” During Blackouts

The Biden administration is under a new federal program that is providing funding to school districts across the country. Funds reach over 400 school districts across the 50 states and Washington, DC, and several US states and territories.

The total funding for the purchase of 2,500 electric school buses is approximately $1 billion. The Biden administration says that this is an important step in reducing emissions and pollution, but in addition, the vehicles can provide safety and energy to poor communities. before accidents.

Two experts in their respective fields from Cornell University came up with ideas for using electric school buses in the school system and working with phone batteries during blackouts and natural disasters. Here’s what they said:

Eilyan Bitara professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Cornell University who researches how to integrate renewable energy sources into the grid, says: “Electric school buses can be a ‘battery network’ phone’ for better viewing and reliability..”

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According to Bitar: “In addition to reducing the exposure of student riders to harmful emissions, electric school buses have the opportunity to improve the ability of communities in the past to prevent in electricity and long beam.

“For example, when the Texas winter in 2021 leaves millions without power, households in many low-income households will be the first to lose power. When integrated with affordable technologies -secondly, the large batteries on electric school buses can provide life-saving power when a community faces a power outage. School buses are ideal for providing these services because it is only used for five hours a day on school days, and mostly unused on weekends and school holidays.

“There is an opportunity to reduce the total cost of ownership for electric school buses by using the accumulated energy storage capacity in their batteries to provide reliable and reliable electric service to the wholesale electricity market—not applicable to the use of transport services.

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“The ability to align the simple cost models of electric school buses with the energy delivery models of wind and solar resources could also eliminate more than 8 million tons of carbon dioxide from the transport units per year.

“As we continue to scale our public transport sector, we must think of our electric vehicles as more than just a form of transport, but as a network of mobile batteries that can support for clear and reliable viewing.”

Arthur Wheaton He is a transportation industry expert and director of labor studies at Cornell University’s School of Business and Labor. According to Wheaton, the upfront cost of electric school buses is tough, but it’s a smart investment for kids and the environment — and a return on investment.

Wheaton said, “Electric buses are a great idea for school systems. There is usually a fixed overnight location for refueling. Today’s traffic is very dirty, mostly diesel vehicles spewing noxious air and particulate matter while parked right in front of schools. The upfront costs of buying an electric vehicle can be daunting even though the return on investment pays off over many years with zero fuel costs and minimal maintenance. It’s good for schools, good for kids, good for the environment, and a smart investment in meeting some of our climate goals.

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“However, it will take several years to build 2,500 electric school buses, but that’s a good start for every replacement.”

Image courtesy of Lion Electric.


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