Selecting Chargers for Your Electric School Bus Fleet

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Across the United States, traditional gas-guzzling school buses are making way for electric vehicles (EVs), thanks to initiatives like the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Program Grants. The EPA is currently accepting applications for the second round of funding until August 22, 2023, with announcements for recipients expected between November 2023 and January 2024.

Eligibility Criteria for EPA Clean School Bus Grants

Various entities involved in school bus services can apply, including local or state governmental bodies, Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, public charter school districts, and eligible contractors. Nonprofit transportation associations with a focus on scientific, educational, or charitable purposes are also eligible. Priority is given to high-need local educational agencies, rural school districts, Bureau of Indian Affairs-funded districts, and those receiving basic support payments for children on Indian land.

Application Process for EPA Clean School Bus Grants

To apply, you’ll need a Grants.gov account, a Unique Entity Identifier (formerly DUNS number), and registration with the System for Award Management (SAM.gov). Keep in mind that these accounts and registrations may take a month or more to process. Resources on the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program Grants page can assist you with the application process.

Choosing the Right EV Chargers

If your school bus fleet secures a grant, the next step is deciding how to allocate the funds for EV charging infrastructure. Anfu Charging recommends a mix of Level 2 chargers and Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFCs). Level 2 chargers, like Anfu’s MQ 200, take four to eight hours to charge a battery, while DCFCs, such as Anfu’s 30kW DCFC or Series 9, can generally charge vehicles in under an hour. This combination allows for overnight charging or when buses are not in use, with the added benefit of rapid charging when needed.

Determining the right mix of Level 2 and DCFCs depends on factors like fleet size, usage patterns, budget constraints, and available power at your bus depot. Anfu’s Electric Vehicle Charging Time Calculator aids in estimating the charging time for your new EV school bus fleet. Anfu Charging collaborates with public and private schools nationwide, providing expertise in electrifying school buses. Their team conducts site assessments, helping you choose the most suitable charging stations. Anfu Fleet Management, their cloud-based solution, allows for scheduling, assigning vehicles, and accessing charging and sustainability reports.

Ready to make the switch to electric for your school bus fleet or any other type of fleet? Reach out to the Anfu sales team today to kickstart the electrification process.

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