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Fairfax County's next school buses could improve kids' health and the environment
by Jacob Fenston, WAMU Environment Reporter

WAMU (American University Radio)    Translate This Article
14 May 2018

On 14 May 2018 WAMU (American University Radio) reported: The yellow diesel-powered school bus has shuttled generations of kids to and from school. But now some school districts are trying out electric, battery-powered buses, and you may see them on roads in our region [Fairfax County] in the not-too-distant future. There are thousands of school buses in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., and pretty much all of them run on diesel. ... Casale says replacing all the diesel school buses in the nation with electric buses would be like taking more than a million cars off the road, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

While diesel technology has improved in recent years, with new buses emitting far less, Casale says the exhaust is still dangerous for children. ...

... Electric buses have gotten a lot cheaper in recent years, with a dramatic decline in the cost of batteries. This year, school bus manufacturer Blue Bird is rolling out its first electric model, Thomas is making one that will come out in 2019.

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