North American Copper Industry Supports Clean School Bus Act

McLean, VA (June 21, 2019) — The Copper Development Association (CDA) supports the recently released Clean School Bus Act, designed to assist school districts in replacing diesel buses with electric buses. The bill is backed by many U.S. Senators including Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif.; and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

As CDA’s recently released infographic highlights, electric vehicles, including school buses, rely on copper for the motor coil that drives the engine as well as the cabling used in charging stations.

The bill also aims to help districts invest in charging infrastructure and support workforce development by providing grants of up to $2 million.

“While lifecycle costs of an electric school bus are significantly lower than a traditional diesel bus, the upfront costs are a significant barrier to widespread market integration,” said Andy Kireta Jr., vice president of market development for CDA. “CDA supports policies and initiatives aimed at reducing such barriers to provide clean transportation for children throughout the U.S.”