Senator Watters Champions Electric School Bus Pilot Program

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3375

Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us

CONCORD – Today, the Senate voted Ought to Pass on SB 417, prime sponsored by Senator David Watters (D-Dover). SB 417 establishes an electric school bus pilot program within the department of energy. The bill will next be sent to the House for a public committee hearing.

After the vote, prime sponsor Senator David Watters (D-Dover) issued the following statement:

“With the cost of gas and diesel reaching record highs across the country, we need to explore every possible option to help reduce costs while looking ahead to more sustainable, long-term options. New Hampshire has access to funding for this pilot program through the Volkswagen settlement funds and the federal infrastructure bill and earlier this month the US Department of Transportation awarded over $409 million to modernize and electrify America’s busses. I am grateful that my colleagues recognized the importance of taking advantage of this opportunity to lower costs for our school districts and increase our energy independence.”


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