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Addressing Barriers to Electric School Bus Adoption by Phillip Burgoyne-Allen

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Phillip Burgoyne-Allen, Associate, Electric School Bus Initiative at World Resource Institute gave this presentation at the recorded Forth Addressing The E-School Bus Challenges In Underserved Districts webinar on December 14, 2022.

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PHILLIP BURGOYNE-ALLEN
ADDRESSING BARRIERS TO
ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUS ADOPTION
December 14, 2022
ABOUT WRI
WRI is a global
research organization
with over 1,400
experts working
across 60+ countries
• Partner with communities, school
districts, industry experts,
manufacturers, utilities, and policy
makers to transform and
electrify the school bus market
• Together, build unstoppable
momentum to electrify the entire
U.S. school bus fleet by 2030
• Ensure an equitable transition
by focusing on underserved
communities
ESBI AIM: ELECTRIFY THE ENTIRE U.S. FLEET BY 2030
Foundation: Equity, Communications,Engagement
Goal: An Equitable Transition to Electric SchoolBuses
Utilities &
Funding/
Financing
School
Districts Manufacturers
Federal &
State
Policymakers
Local
Communities
OUR VISION INVOLVES MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS
Electrification can accelerate decarbonization while bringing direct, tangible benefits to every
community in the U.S.
Improved health and
cognitive outcomes for
children
WHY ELECTRIFY THE U.S. SCHOOL BUS FLEET?
Cleaner air, especially in
high-pollutioncorridors and
communities of color
A tipping point for
MHD + electrification
New jobs in green
manufacturing
Enhanced resiliency and
renewables integration
with V2G
Reduced operating
expenses for
school districts
Historically disadvantaged communities, including communities of
color and low-income communities, face disproportionateimpacts
of diesel exhaust air pollution and climate change
Centering equity and thoroughly understanding the implications of our
work is the only way to help both the planet and people
The Electric School Bus Initiative is prioritizing roughly1,000
schooldistricts for our support based on household income, racial
demographics, air pollution and tribal status
WHY EQUITY FIRST?
Sources: EPA SocialVulnerability Report, Union of Concerned Scientists, Prioritizing Equity in Providing
Technical Assistance to Underserved School Districts

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Addressing Barriers to Electric School Bus Adoption by Phillip Burgoyne-Allen

  • 1. PHILLIP BURGOYNE-ALLEN ADDRESSING BARRIERS TO ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUS ADOPTION December 14, 2022
  • 2. ABOUT WRI WRI is a global research organization with over 1,400 experts working across 60+ countries
  • 3. • Partner with communities, school districts, industry experts, manufacturers, utilities, and policy makers to transform and electrify the school bus market • Together, build unstoppable momentum to electrify the entire U.S. school bus fleet by 2030 • Ensure an equitable transition by focusing on underserved communities ESBI AIM: ELECTRIFY THE ENTIRE U.S. FLEET BY 2030
  • 4. Foundation: Equity, Communications,Engagement Goal: An Equitable Transition to Electric SchoolBuses Utilities & Funding/ Financing School Districts Manufacturers Federal & State Policymakers Local Communities OUR VISION INVOLVES MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS
  • 5. Electrification can accelerate decarbonization while bringing direct, tangible benefits to every community in the U.S. Improved health and cognitive outcomes for children WHY ELECTRIFY THE U.S. SCHOOL BUS FLEET? Cleaner air, especially in high-pollutioncorridors and communities of color A tipping point for MHD + electrification New jobs in green manufacturing Enhanced resiliency and renewables integration with V2G Reduced operating expenses for school districts
  • 6. Historically disadvantaged communities, including communities of color and low-income communities, face disproportionateimpacts of diesel exhaust air pollution and climate change Centering equity and thoroughly understanding the implications of our work is the only way to help both the planet and people The Electric School Bus Initiative is prioritizing roughly1,000 schooldistricts for our support based on household income, racial demographics, air pollution and tribal status WHY EQUITY FIRST? Sources: EPA SocialVulnerability Report, Union of Concerned Scientists, Prioritizing Equity in Providing Technical Assistance to Underserved School Districts
  • 7. Higher upfront costs Limited staff capacity Learningnew technology Infrastructure deployment How to scale quickly These disproportionatelyimpact underserved communities BARRIERS FACING ELECTRIC SCHOOL BUS ADOPTION
  • 8. Providing Tools and Resources Cultivate and develop tools to understand technology and create a roadmap Highlighting Successful Case Studies Documenting and sharing success stories with others Exploring Financing Models Understand and expand federal, state and electric utility funding options Transition to Electric School Buses Enhancing Local Partnerships Work with existing and new partners to deepen supportand promote an equitable transition Mapping Stakeholders Map and engage key stakeholders, from parents to fleet managers Supporting Operational and Infrastructure Planning Develop marketstudies, understand charging needs and perform testing HOW WE’RE HELPING ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES
  • 9. Electric School Bus Funding and Financing Opportunities Highlight stories sharing key learnings,bestpractices and practical knowledge Partner-oriented strategic plans and roadmapping assessments District-readyinformational and promotional materials Step-by-step guide for school bus electrification with accompanying template roadmap All About series of electric school bus explainers Electric school bus US Market Study and Buyer’s Guide Electric school bus Business Models Guide RECENT FREE ESB INITIATIVE TOOLS AND RESOURCES
  • 10. OUR TOOLS CAN HELP AT EACH STAGE OF ESB ADOPTION Source: WRI Step-by-Step Guide to School Bus Electrification
  • 11. WHAT WE’RE HEARING FROM SCHOOL DISTRICTS Source: School District Learnings: 12 Tips on Electric School Bus Adoption Foundation Setting • Designate a project manager • Partner with local groups to build momentum • Engage communities early • Stack funding • Explore alternative business models Charging Infrastructure + Operations Planning • Establish contact immediately with electric utility to install now and plan for the future • Understand additional coordination needed at leased depots • Discuss rate structures Procurement + Installation • Negotiate warranties and training and build them into RFP/purchase order • Ensure compatibility of various system components • Utilize managed charging Testing, Training + Deployment • Train drivers to adopt behaviors that increase range and efficiency • Work with first responders to prepare for new technology Performance, Benefits + Scaling • Include plan for monitoring, such as telematics for data and performance tracking • Get creative on student engagement, including new curricular options For more information on all these topics, visit our website at ElectricSchoolBusInitiative.org!