Way back in October, we posted about the eTrans: an all-electric school bus created by Trans Tech Bus intended to cut the gas guzzled by school districts across the U.S. While the eTrans won’t be available until later in 2012, some school districts have decided to get the next best thing: hybrid school buses.
In Kentucky, Jefferson County Public Schools have purchased 18 hybrid school buses as “part of a statewide push to use more of the fuel-efficient vehicles to save money on gas,” according to WLKY. This brings the district’s hybrid bus total to fifty, more than any other school district in the country. Kentucky has almost 160 hybrid buses, which were purchased using federal stimulus money.
With approximately 26 million elementary and secondary school children riding school buses twice a day in the United States, it’s no surprise that school bus gas bills can easily eat their way through a state budget. With the increased gas mileage provided by hybrid models, schools can reduce their carbon footprint—and teach students that going green saves more than just the environment.