The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced a new pilot project that will help fund at least six electric school buses in communities across the state. MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop says she’s committed to a move away from diesel-powered buses for two reasons:

“One, we know that they’re a major source of emissions in our local neighborhoods and two, because we know that children are especially vulnerable to the negative impacts of air pollution.”

The new buses are expected on the roads in fall 2022. Officials say each new electric school bus will remove 29 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. MPCA plans to invest up to $3 million to encourage owners of diesel-powered school buses to replace them with new electric models.