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March 16, 2020   |

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Most School Districts Choose New-Generation Diesel to Power Buses in Michigan’s VW Spending Plan


Diesel expected to deliver the most emissions benefits by a factor of two to one over other fuels, technologies

MARCH 16, 2020 (WASHINGTON, DC) – The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)  awarded $8.7 million in first-round spending from the state’s Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund 300 school bus replacements in school districts and communities most in need of emission reductions across the state.

Of the 300 school buses replaced, 207 were replaced with the newest, cleanest, most advanced diesel technology. The remaining 93 school buses were replaced with propane.  A separate $4.2 million grant replaced 14 school buses with all-electric technology.

“While a growing number of alternatives exist today, identifying the most cost-effective technologies that are mission-ready is why more Michigan school districts choose diesel as the best all-around combination of near-zero emissions, efficient operation, reliable, durable and proven technology,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director for the Diesel Technology Forum, a not-for-profit educational organization representing manufacturers of diesel engines and vehicles, key suppliers, and fuel producers.

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“Of the estimated 25 tons of emissions reduced by replacing older school buses, diesel is expected to deliver the most benefits by a factor of two to one showing that far more emissions can be eliminated for a fixed investment by choosing diesel over other fuels and technologies.

“In use since 2010, new-generation advanced technology diesel engines are equipped with the most advanced emissions control technology available: diesel particulate filters and selective catalytic reduction systems. These technologies capture nearly all fine particle (PM) and virtually eliminate smog-forming NOx emissions to near-zero levels. It would take 60 to today’s new-generation diesel trucks to generate the same emissions as a single truck manufactured in 1988.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that investments in clean diesel technology are a more cost-effective strategy to immediately reduce NOx emissions from older vehicles and equipment than emerging alternatives such as battery electric commercial trucks.

“The lower cost of new, advanced diesel technologies allows more vehicles to be replaced for the limited funds available, meaning a greater portion of the fleet can be upgraded to near-zero emissions technologies,” continued Schaeffer.

Learn more at https://www.dieselforum.org/vwfund and https://www.dieselforum.org/largeengineupgrades

School Districts Receiving New Diesel Buses in Michigan

Brown City Community Schools

44

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Chippewa Valley Schools

25

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Coruna Public Schools

4

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Dexter Community Schools

8

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Dundee Community Schools

1

School Bus

Fennville Public Schools

3

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First Student Incorporated

9

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Genessee Intermediate School District

8

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Grand Ledge School District

5

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Harbor Springs School District

1

School Bus

Hillsdale Community Schools

1

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Ionia Public Schools

3

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Iosco Regional Educational Serve

11

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Lenawee Intermediate School District

8

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Livingston Educational Service

3

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Meridian Public Schools

9

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Oakland School District

21

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Utica Community Schools

30

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Wayland Union Schools

3

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Wayne Regional Education Service Agency

8

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Whitmore Lake Public Schools

2

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(301) 668-7230

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