Long Island School District Prepares To Turn Yellow School Buses Green

For $100,000, You Get A Bus With No Emissions And Rechargable Batteries

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Say goodbye to engine noise and exhaust fumes, a proposal in the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district is seeking to turn yellow buses green.

District officials told CBS 2’s Elise Finch that the new buses would cut down on a number of the problems caused by traditional school buses.

“In implementing this we’re only echoing what the students are learning — to care about their environment. So we’re just building upon what’s being taught in the classroom on a daily basis,” said Nadine Eiring.

The new eco-friendly buses have electric motors, and don’t use fuel of any kind, meaning they don’t produce emissions. Instead they are powered by a network of rechargeable batteries.

The buses cost $100,000, about the same as traditional buses, but they are quieter, cleaner, and cheaper to maintain.

“It doesn’t have a transmission. It has very few moving parts, and the vehicle is charged up overnight when the electric grid is being used the least so it’s off-peak,” said Bart Marksohn of WE Transport Inc.

Parents and students support the new technology. Tenth grader Marc Grossman said the new buses will be better for the environment and students.

“They’re trying to be more environmentally friendly. They’re trying to keep the air around young children clean and safe,” he said.

His mother, Carol, echoed his sentiments.

“I always worry though about our taxes going up. We’re a pretty high tax district, but if it’s good for the kids and the environment I think it might be a great thing,” she said.

The district is starting out with a one-bus test run and it will then decide whether it will turn its entire yellow fleet green.

The electric bus proposal will be presented at a school board meeting in the next 60 days. If approved, the first electric buses will join the district’s fleet in September.

 What do you think of the proposal for the district to go green? Let us know in the comments section below…

  • Tree

    You all have valid points, but JustDav wins the most intelligently thought out. We have to begin somewhere. Even other sources such as solar, wind, and water will produce waste by-products. Maybe we could also learn to be less glutunous in our consumption of energy.

  • Chris

    The Grid is in disrepair and is an extremely inefficient method of pushing the electricity. If the government gave every household a free electric battery powered car, every day at 5pm when 100 million people plugged in these cars along with the school buses, you would have huge brown or black outs. On top of that, watch your power bill at households and business’s triple. Huge demand and no extra supply. Isn’t that conventient, how many new power plants have been added in the last decade? I’m hearing that coal plants are now shutting down rather than spend money to meet more stringent emission regulations, hmm less of a supply but more demand… Cha-Ching….Anyone getting the point yet? Electric – Gasoline hybrid that charges it’s own batteries is the best choice for now until someone can shoot down the mothership and reverse engineer it. In the meantime, maybe one of the bonehead auto company’s will get a viable vehicular steam engine out so we can have an almost non-polluting, multi-fuel, 60mpg, hybrid vehicle on the road.

  • James Oliver

    How the hell do the buses run without fuel.Electric batteries must be recharged.This whole green thing is BS PC. Come on Country please get real

  • KQ

    Our schools are churning out earth-hugging liberals with our tax dollars! Conservatives, unite to shut down the schools!

  • Edward Werkmann

    “The new eco-friendly buses have electric motors, and don’t use fuel of any kind, meaning they don’t produce emissions.” Just because these buses don’t directly produce emissions does not mean they don’t use any fuel. Now I’m not sure how this area gets its energy but I bet it is from burning coal. So now we have to burn more coal to power these buses and the power plants put off more emissions. Please don’t write garbage like this.

    • JusDav

      Hey Ed, you are 100% correct that they do indirectly cause emission production, however, the more electric vehicles, etc. we start producing / using the more electricity we will need. but with that in mind we SHOULD, (gosh I hope) start gaining electricity from other sources. wind, water, nuclear, solar…… and that will provide closer sources of electric power, thereby reducing the power grid issues.
      We have to try something… coal and oil / gas are not the answers. And just because we do not KNOW the answers right now, we have to try alternatives or die / expire / become extinct.
      Until we perfect other sources, even coal is better than gasoline / diesel.

      cheers JusDav

      • Bruce

        I echo JusDav’s comment in response to Ed’s comment. The amount of pollution emitted from generating electricity using coal and charging vehicle batteries overnight via the electrical grid is FAR LESS than digging crude ouf the ground, using trucks/tankers/trains to transport it to a refinery, using more trucks to distrubute a still polluting product to a filling station, using your car to travel to the filling station, then burning the foul smelling liquid in your no more than 20% efficient vehicle with all of its inherent waste and byproducts belching forth – you get the idea. Just so you know, it takes a gallon of gas to process a gallon of gas for use, a 50% loss and an inherently wasteful venture, when all you need to do is generate electricity and transport it via wires to the end user. And the best part is that the infrastructure cost (the wires) is paid for once, not over and over as it is with petroleum production. So, Ed, think about THAT the next time you comment.

        • Wilson

          A gallon used for every gallon processed? Where are you getting these numbers? If that was really the case, how would the gasoline industry be pulling in so much money for countries that have it (Iran, etc…)? A gallon used for every gallon produced seems to be a bit exaggerated.

        • Edward Werkmann

          Bruce, I was merely trying to point that these buses do use fuel, it is just a different source. I didnt want to write a novel on the subject. Your numbers are sketchy at best. You say “all you need to do is generate electricity and transport it via wires to the end user”. The coal must first be mined, then transported via trucks, trains, bardge. And then the coal must be burned to produce the electricity. Also not all of that energy gets converted, there is always waste. As to which is a more efficient process I do not know. And if you think infrastructure is a one time cost you are mistaken. The wires have to have poles, or are underground. Poles fall down, get hit by cars or lightening. Underground conduits get hit by construction. You do not just pay for it once. So, Bruce, think about THAT before you comment on my comment.

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