Our mission is to facilitate the speedy and equitable transition to a zero-emissions school bus fleet in Texas, and beyond.
1. Educating the community and engaging stakeholders:
To successfully transition to a fully electric school bus fleet in Texas, we must first make sure that the community is aware of the problem concerning diesel school buses and the solutions that are available. To fulfill our mission, we must first empower students, teachers, parents, bus drivers, and all other stakeholders to activate their potential collective power. We create and distribute easy to digest, heavily vetted, educational materials to help people build momentum for change within their own communities.
· Website for resources and events
· Access to resources in Spanish
· Volunteer opportunities
· Toolkits customized for PTAs, PTOs, Parents, Students, School Boards, Transportation Directors, etc
· Letter, email and social media post samples and templates
· Petition templates
· Access to strategy consulting
· Slideshow decks and presentations customized for the audience
· Lunch and learns
· Tables at Festivals
· Events in the community
· Traveling bus exhibit
2. ESB Transition Teambuilding and Consulting for School Districts:
We are in the early stages of our transition to electric mobility in general and Electric School Buses in particular. There is a lot of information to digest and synthesize. It is not easy and we are here to help. We strive to empower individuals and districts with knowledge and information to facilitate and ease the transition. There are 299 priority outreach school districts in Texas that have been identified by the World Resources Institute’s Clean School Bus initiative. These districts are in areas with high levels of existing air pollution, coupled with a high concentration of low-income households. We will offer zero-cost assistance and support to these districts first.
· Fleet studies
· Route optimization
· ESB Transition Team Building
· Resources for funding
· Infrastructure planning
· A clear roadmap to follow with built in check-ins and planned consultation times
3. Electric Commitments from School Districts in Texas:
Austin ISD has committed to a fully electric school bus fleet by 2035. To spur the ESB movement in Texas, we must secure fully electric fleet commitments from school districts across Texas, from Beaumont to Marfa, from McAllen to Amarillo and everywhere in between. Along with our grassroots community efforts, we are working behind the scenes to secure a growing list of “Fully Electric Fleet Commitments”.
4. Networking and working groups for ESB stakeholders in Texas:
Our “Thought Partner” program brings together the leaders in ESBs from Texas, the US, and all over the world to address the unique needs of Texas. In our quarterly round table events we bring together manufacturers, electrical utilities, charging infrastructure companies, energy companies, trade associations, universities, municipalities, school districts and other non-profits. Here we will engage in creative problem solving, teambuilding and networking to move us closer to our goals.
· Quarterly roundtable event
· Working groups
· Thought Partner newsletter and directory
· Happy hours and lunch and learns
The key to a swift and equitable shift to a fully electric school bus fleet in Texas. Repowered diesel school buses represent a real opportunity to responsibly steward our existing resources, and to drastically reduce the cost of the transition to ESBs. New ESBs are upwards of $375,000 and a re-powered, like new, ESB can be delivered for $150,000. This significantly reduces the price barrier to entry that currently exists in the market. It also addresses another key concern, the ESB supply chain. Repowers can be done quickly and regionally, shrinking the total lifetime emissions of the school buses and the wait times for districts to receive them. With a repower option, more school districts will be able to buy in faster. They will also help smooth the transition for districts, maintenance staff, and bus drivers. This technology provides a bridge that connects the past with the future.
To this end and in conjunction with our other programs we are developing the “Re-power the Future” project in collaboration with Rice University and our “Thought Partners”, led by Omni Powertrain Technologies.
In this one-of-a-kind collaboration, we will document the entire process of removing the internal combustion engine and its associated parts, and then document the installation of a new electric drive train and the auxiliary systems associated with it. The goal of the project is to create a prototype “drag and drop” re-power solution that meets or exceeds all current safety standards, and to create educational and training materials needed to scale up a statewide re-power project. This innovative approach will develop technology, and produce a proof of concept, that will be scaled and deployed in Texas as a regional solution that offers a myriad of benefits for our state that go beyond providing a clean ride to school for our kids and stewarding our existing resources. It will also strengthen local, regional, national and international partnerships in manufacturing and higher education, and serve as a model for what is possible when conviction overtakes convention. TESBP will facilitate collaboration at every level to move us towards our goal of a zero-emissions school bus fleet.
Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your Electric School Bus related goals in Texas. We specialize in collaboration and creative problem solving.
Find Texas School District Information including school bus fleet info, population demographic info, and utility information. Find the app by searching the Apple app store for Texas Electric School Bus Project! Other versions coming soon.
Have an idea, need some advice? Schedule a meeting with us at our Houston office, or we can come to you.