PGE Electric School Bus Fund

PGE Electric School Bus Fund for 2022

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 Clean-Fuels, 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.

How it works

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.

  • Up to $50,000 towards a qualified Level 2 or DC Fast Charger and installation;

  • Optionally, PGE can provide a custom cost incentive towards the make-ready infrastructure and manage the design, permitting, procurement, and construction process through the PGE Fleet Partner program.

How it works, from an award recipient

“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

Luke Whittemore, PGE engineer, charges one of the first electric school buses in Oregon


  • 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

How to apply and more information



April 15, 2022


PGE begins accepting applications to


June 1, 2022


Application window closes at 5 PM PDT.


Aug. 15, 2022


Applicants notified of their funding status.


Oct. 3, 2022


Public announcement of award decision.

Selection criteria

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

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