Vermont to launch electric bus pilot program

Published: May. 29, 2018 at 11:45 AM EDT
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Vermont plans to launch a pilot program for electric buses.

The Agency of Natural Resources announced the pilot program for both school- and electric buses Tuesday.

It will be funded by money the state receives from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, which was set up after the company was found to be violating emission standards. The state will receive $18.7 million from the trust over the next decade.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Emily Boedecker said electric buses were a common request during the public comment period, which began last December.

The agency also requested information from entities interested in administering the program.

Officials say that heavy-duty electric vehicles are still relatively new and that the pilot program will provide data on how these vehicles fare in Vermont's environment.

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