Bertie County included in grant for new electric school buses

BERTIE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Governor Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday that 13 counties across the state will receive federal funding for new electric school buses, including Bertie County.

The grant is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus Grant Program and will provide 114 new buses to various North Carolina school systems or charter schools. Bertie County will receive 4 of the new buses.

“New funding for electric school buses means protecting the health of children from harmful diesel fumes, cutting carbon emissions, saving money on bus maintenance for tight public school budgets, and creating good jobs in North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “This investment is good for our students, schools, economy and planet and I appreciate the Biden Administration for investing in our communities across North Carolina.”

North Carolina already has 31 electric buses from the program’s first round of funding in 2022 as well as an additional 43 buses in 2022 that were funded by the governor’s office through a settlement with Volkswagen.

Once the new buses are put into service, North Carolina will have a total of 188 electric, zero-emission buses on the road.

The Clean School Bus Grant Program was made possible by President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda and 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.