Yellow school buses have been a part of the education experience for students across the
United States for more than 100 years with school transportation provided by the majority of school districts in the country. Diesel school buses, however, contribute to numerous health and environmental risks. In addition to emitting greenhouse gases, diesel buses also expose children directly to diesel emissions including carcinogens, particulates, and other substances known to cause respiratory inflammation and other health risks. Powered only by electricity, plug-in electric school buses have no tailpipe emissions and are emerging as a clean alternative to diesel buses. However, there are challenges associated with electric buses, namely the purchase price of the vehicle. For their benefits to be realized, electric school buses must first be financially viable options for school districts.