Andover Public Schools Invest in Electric Buses, Hope to Acquire More – Boston News, Weather, Sports

ANDOVER, MASS. (WHDH) – Andover public schools have started using electric buses to go green.

The district received five new buses to replace older ones, with the goal of building a fleet of 10 electric buses.

Drivers and students alike said the change was good. The new buses only have to be charged when the batteries are discharged to around 20 percent.

“The kids love it and I love it, and the safety features are incredible,” said Ken Cunha, a bus driver for Andover. “The time it takes to charge – very little – it’s just a wonderful bus. We plug them in and they run 138 miles, so that’s almost three days of transportation in my case.”

“I think this bus is great,” said Davena Halak, a senior at Andover High School. “I mean, diesel exhaust is really bad for the environment, so I’m really glad we’re starting to offset that.”

As well as being eco-friendly, the buses use the charging network, meaning that when the vehicles are plugged in at the end of the day, they can help provide electricity to the community.

“During peak demand in our communities, we can feed the stored electricity back into the grid on these buses and help offset some of the costs of these buses,” said Bill Griffiths of Beacon Mobility.

“These buses will help reduce transportation emissions, which are one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas pollution,” said Tim Sheehan of Beacon Mobility. “And help reduce our carbon footprint to support a clean and healthy environment for our students, drivers and communities.”

An unexpected benefit? The bus drivers said that since the buses have been quieter, the children on the bus are not as noisy as they used to be.

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