TRENTON, NJ – Looking to reduce carbon emissions and spur replacement of traditional diesel-fueled school buses, a measure (A-1751) to authorize the use of electric school buses in New Jersey, with a maximum width of 102 inches, was signed into law by the Governor on Tuesday.
Co-sponsor of the bill, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) said, “widespread adoption of electric school buses will be imperative to protecting our children from harmful air pollution caused by continual carbon emissions. More electric school buses results in significantly lowered emissions which means cleaner, healthier air for everyone.”
“Many people may not realize that school buses represent a large part of mass transit, running on harmful diesel fuel," said co-sponsor Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex). "Electrification of this fleet, under this law, presents an unparalleled opportunity for New Jersey to reduce emissions, improve public health and tackle climate change.”
New Jersey follows California, New York and Virginia in announcing an initiative to promote the use of electric school buses.