North Dakota’s first all-electric school bus will be making a stop in Grand Forks this summer.
The bus will be at Minnkota Power Cooperative headquarters on Aug. 8 as part of a community event promoting the advancement of electric vehicles in the region.
The bus was purchased by West Fargo Public Schools, with support from other partners, and will begin transporting students to and from school this fall. With 120 miles of range per charge, the bus is well equipped to meet the day-to-day needs of the school district.
While the new electric bus has a higher upfront cost, it is expected to be more cost effective than a traditional bus over the course of its lifetime. The district anticipates an annual savings of $2,500 in diesel costs and $1,800 in maintenance costs with the purchase of the electric bus.
For more details on the event, contact Nodak Electric’s energy services department.