Electric School Buses: The Policy Behind the Drive

In the latest installment of Five Questions, Five Answers, host Birgit Matthiesen sits down with Thomas Boylan, regulatory director at Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA), to discuss the importance and benefits of transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs), specifically electric school buses, for public health, climate, and economic advantages.

They delve into the need for public education and advocacy to drive the transition and the impact of trade policies and tariffs on the EV supply chain. The discussion also covers the significant role of grid modernization in supporting electric mobility and ZETA’s future plans for policy implementation, defending tax incentives, and advocacy for the EV supply chain. They are also joined by Antonio Rivera, partner and leader of the firm’s Electric Mobility practice, who provides the latest updates on Section 301 tariffs and their impacts on the industry.

Highlights of the conversation include:

  • The public health, climate, and economic benefits of advancing the adoption of EVs, particularly electric school buses.
  • The necessity of public education and outreach to make school districts aware of funding opportunities for electric buses and assist them in navigating the competitive application process.
  • The role of grid modernization, including vehicle-to-grid applications and managed charging, in supporting the transition to electric mobility.
  • The impact of trade policies and tariffs on the EV supply chain, underscoring the need for advocacy to protect tax incentives and promote domestic manufacturing.
  • The continued commitment of ZETA to implement policies, defend tax incentives, and advocate for the EV supply chain, fostering a sustainable future.


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