In February 2021, Beaverton School District received the first electric school buses in Oregon. These were funded through PGE’s Electric School Bus Program in 2020, along with 4 other electric buses going to Reynolds, Salem-Keizer, Portland, and Newberg school districts.
PGE is excited to once again partner with public school districts in our service area to help bring electric school buses to Oregon. Using funding from the Oregon Clean Fuels Program , thanks to PGE customers who charge their EVs at home, PGE will pay for the incremental cost of an electric school bus and charging infrastructure.
If your application is selected, PGE will provide:
The incremental cost of electric school buses (the difference in cost between the traditional bus and the electric bus), up to $500,000 per application;
For reference, the incremental cost is approximately $200,000 for a Type A electric school bus, and $250,000 for a Type C or D electric school bus.
Funding for the electric bus charger of your choosing and all associated installation costs;
Funding for bus driver and technician training;
Technical assistance to school districts throughout the process, including site assessments, guidance on charger and bus selection, and monthly check-in calls and
Optionally, PGE can manage the design, permitting, procurement, and construction process if recipients decide to not hire a contractor.
“We found the PGE Electric School Bus Fund to be easy to navigate. From application to completion of the project, the entire PGE team was friendly, helpful, and ready to assist with questions, issues, educating and walking us through the funding process. Once we received the award, PGE’s technical team was professional and timely in coming to our site to evaluate our needs and develop an installation plan for the high-voltage lines. PGE was very helpful in providing us several potential contractors who were familiar with their requirements and available to begin construction. The monthly check-ins were extremely helpful in navigating the many choices we faced regarding charging stations, wireless communication and technical expertise. “Any district contemplating the addition of electric buses could not ask for a more engaged and supportive partner than PGE. We look forward to continuing to work with them as we expand our Electric School Bus implementation.” – Craig Beaver, Transportation Administrator, Beaverton School District
Public school districts wholly or partially located in PGE’s service area
Transportation contractors can apply in partnership with the school district they serve (may be more than one)
Previous grant recipients can apply again
The 2021 application opens on April 15, 2021 and closes on June 1, 2021 at 5pm PDT. Award recipients will be notified by July 16, 2021.
This is an open and competitive application process. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a third party, in accordance with established evaluation criteria.
April 15, 2021
PGE begins accepting applications to ElectricSchoolBus@pgn.com.
June 1, 2021
Application window closes at 5 PM PDT.
Aug. 15, 2021*
Applicants notified of their funding status.
Aug. 31, 2021*
Public announcement of award decision.
In selecting project participants, PGE will look for:
Interest in exploring school bus fleet electrification
Commitment to engaging community, school, and/or other stakeholders in the project
Interest in using the electric bus in curriculum development around STEM, climate and/or sustainability
District commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
School districts that take advantage of other funding mechanisms
If you have questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.