Propane & Biodiesel Pupil Transportation Workshop Update
A workshop focused on alternative school fuel school bus options was held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD on May 25, 2017. Presentations were made by State and professional experts. Below please find links to the presentations:
School districts face many challenges with pupil transportation. Cost is certainly one of them. Diesel prices ebb and flow, making it difficult to accurately budget fuel costs. Health issues are also of concern for both the student passengers and the technicians who maintain them. Diesel fuel is a known carcinogen; diesel exhaust inhalation contributes to asthma, especially in children.
Clean engine and fuel technology are now available to mitigate the health concerns and help lower operating costs of school bus fleets. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and Maryland Clean Cities Coalition, in coordination with the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition and Virginia Clean Cities, are pleased to announce this workshop for school administrators, fleet managers and bus contractors on the latest technologies and financial incentives available to lower pupil transportation costs and provide a healthier operating environment.
Long-Duration PEV Parking Driver Survey
This survey is for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers, which includes both battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles. Energetics Incorporated (www.energetics.com) is doing a study with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to identify hardware, installation, and operational options to reduce the cost of putting charging stations at long-duration (>8 hours) parking locations. The project will document best practices to accelerate charging station installations that benefit site hosts and PEV drivers. This survey will capture PEV driver needs and requirements for using charging stations at long-duration parking locations to guide the project. The survey link can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LC7YB8W. Contact Energetics Technical Team Lead, Russell Owens with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-953-6211.