Toman and electric bus

This fall, there will be a different type of school bus in Mercer County Schools' fleet.  Through GreenPower Pilot Program, Mercer County will be one of the first three counties in West Virginia to get the use of an all-electric school bus for six weeks. GreenPower Motor Company, Inc. recently acquired a facility in South Charleston, WV to manufacture zero-emission, all-electric school buses. The goal of the pilot project is to provide real-world testing of vehicles in all areas of the state, both rural and urban.  The all-electric bus will make its first trip transporting students on September 7th.

Mercer County Schools plans to apply for a grant through the Environmental Protection Agency to assist in purchasing up to 25 all-electric school buses. The Clean School Bus Funding Program will provide up to $375,000 for the larger Type D school buses and up to $20,000 per bus for charging infrastructure.