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RPS Awarded Four Electric Buses from Dominion Energy

Richmond Public Schools (RPS) is set to receive four electric school buses as part of Dominion Energy Virginia’s Electric school bus deployment.

Earlier this school year, RPS applied for the first phase of Dominion Energy Virginia’s Electric school bus initiative. This initial phase aims to have 50 buses fully operational within their service territory by the end of 2020.

“RPS is proud to be one of the first school divisions in Virginia to receive electric buses as a part of this initiative,” said Jason Kamras, RPS Superintendent. “We are committed to making RPS a ‘greener’ and environmentally-conscious division and we are taking bold and important steps toward this goal. This partnership will bring safer and healthier bus rides for our students, increased transportation savings for the division, and a reduction in carbon emissions for the residents of Richmond.”

Every school day, RPS uses 224 buses to transport nearly 25,000 students to and from school. On average, these trips cost $3 million in diesel fuel purchases and maintenance each year. An electric school bus can reduce maintenance and fuel costs by over 60% a year and are proven to be safer and cleaner for students.

“We are excited to move forward with our commitment to bringing the benefits of electric school buses to the customers and communities we serve,” said Dominion Energy Chairman, President and CEO Thomas F. Farrell, II.  “This is an innovative, sustainable solution that will help the environment, protect children’s health, make the electric grid stronger, and free up money for our schools.”

“RPS is thrilled to partner with Dominion Energy to bring electric buses to our division,” said Darin Simmons, RPS Chief Operating Officer. “Introducing electric buses into the RPS fleet fits perfectly with our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint in the City of Richmond.”

In alignment with Priority 5 of Dreams4RPS, the division has launched several initiatives to demonstrate their commitment to making RPS ‘greener’. These initiatives include: a ten-school solar panel project and the replacement of styrofoam trays with biodegradable trays in every RPS cafeteria.

The electric buses are expected to be delivered to RPS by the end of 2020.

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