“GreenPower will take possession of the West Virginia manufacturing plant in August and production will begin in September,” said Fraser Atkinson, CEO and Chairman of the Board of GreenPower. “The facility will be instrumental in accelerating production of our all-electric school buses, the BEAST and Nano BEAST, in time to meet the demand created by the EPA’s Clean School Bus program and the mandates state legislatures.”
In January, GreenPower and Gov. Jim Justice announced plans for GreenPower to produce zero-emission all-electric vehicles in West Virginia. Since then, efforts have been underway to begin manufacturing with buses rolling off the line by the third quarter of this fiscal year.
“Our operations in West Virginia will serve as the cornerstone for American manufacturing to deliver electric school buses to our customers on the East Coast and adjacent regions,” said Brendan Riley, president and director of GreenPower. “Governor Justice, his cabinet members and staff, state legislators, city officials and BridgeValley educators have all worked tirelessly to ensure we are up and running by the end of the summer. “
At a Capitol press briefing today, the Justice Governor led his Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael work with GreenPower to develop a pilot project that will demonstrate GreenPower’s all-electric school buses in school districts across the state of West Virginia. The goal of the pilot project will be to provide real-world vehicle testing in all areas of the state, both rural and urban, so that school districts have a better idea of bus operations, including needs and requirements. charging infrastructure.
GreenPower’s production announcement and pilot project comes at a time when the federal government is offering new funding under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act to help school districts purchase all-electric school buses. Funding from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus program will provide up to $375,000 for larger Type D school buses (The BEAST) and up to $285,000 for small school buses type A (Nano BEAST). The EPA also provides funding of up to $20,000 by bus for the charging infrastructure of level 2 charging systems.
The West Virginia State legislature this year has also increased the incentive for West Virginia school districts to deploy made-in-state electric school buses. HB 4571, which was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor, increased the basic school allowance by 10% for the use of an electric school bus and an additional 5% for the portion of buses manufactured in West Virginia.
“GreenPower is delighted to begin this new chapter of the company’s production in West Virginia. Increasing our offering of all-electric, zero-emission, purpose-built school buses to meet demand from school districts and parents across the East Coast with this facility is on target when entering into expansion agreements with the state,” Atkinson concluded.
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