First FCPS Electric Bus Arrives January 12
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will accept delivery of its first electric bus on Tuesday, January 12, at the Stonecroft Transportation Center. The bus is the first of eight buses—funded by a grant from Dominion Energy—that will result in an initial deployment of 50 buses across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The remaining buses are expected to be delivered to FCPS at the end of January.
A Dominion Energy grant covers the difference in cost so that school districts pay no more for an electric bus than they would for a diesel model. The required charging infrastructure has been installed and will be maintained by Dominion at the Stonecroft Transportation Center.
Electric school buses in FCPS will benefit not only the school division and its community but the entire national capital area as they will help reduce carbon emissions, serve as a resource for national emergency planning efforts, and provide stability and capacity to the grid with meeting increasing energy demands. These Thomas-built buses will join FCPS’ current fleet of roughly 1,625 diesel-fueled buses and will help reduce operation and maintenance costs.
Staff training, maintenance technician training, and driver training will occur immediately after the first bus arrives. The buses will be tested before being assigned to routes transporting students in early to mid-April.