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Test Driving the Karma GS-6 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Sportscar

Front view of the Karma GS-6 hybrid.

Photo by Seth Leitman

When electric meets luxury, you get Karma’s 2021 GS-6 plug-in hybrid sportscar. It’s sleek, low, and just plain sexy. As we move towards a more electrified future, the GS-6 is definitely a competitor, especially in the price of luxurious vehicles. We’re talking a base price of $85,700.

Now, many people may not have ever heard of Karma, but they will. It’s an American automotive producer headquartered in California, ready to take on the electric vehicle (EV) world. The GS-6 has an EPA-rated electric-only range of up to 61 miles, while the hybrid system generates 536 combined horsepower.

Luxurious Interior

When you sit in the GS-6, the first thing you notice is the leather. It’s all over the place! I mean from the dash to the seats and door panels. Even the padded surfaces have leather on the top layer. However, the controls such as the buttons, stalks, and switches could operate with a little more tactility.

Additionally, extra brightwork could offset the all-black exterior and carbon-fiber trim so that the cabin doesn’t feel too dark, especially with how narrow the windows are. Additional sound insulation could help, too, because the 22-inch wheels create a significant amount of road and tire noise, especially on unmaintained roads with lots of potholes, expansion joints, and bumps.

Despite its size, the Karma G6 interior is tight. It’s best to consider it a 2+2 with four doors due to that coupe-like roofline, making ingress/egress tough. Rear passengers will feel a little intimate because of the small windows and lack of head and legroom.

However, this is Seth speaking. I drove two colleagues down to NYC in the car, and one was so relaxed they fell asleep in the back. So, it’s a seriously comfortable car but definitely with Porsche-like smaller seats in the back. Although the seats are supportive and hold you in place nicely, the cushions and seat backs are firm, and you can’t tilt the front portion of the former up or down.

The interior reminded me of an updated Karma. On my Instagram back in 2014. Yet I sat in the original Fisker Karma. More wood look and sport metal looks now, but still relatively the same. So, in keeping with the environmental theme of this plug-in hybrid they added carbon fiber, as well, recycled metals.

Interior console of the Karma GS-6 hybrid.
Photo by Seth Leitman

The Karma G-6 Hybrid’s Drivability

I drove this car into Long Island and all throughout Westchester County and New York City for a photoshoot for BLINK Charging in New York.  I can’t say much negative press on this car. I have a few suggestions, but not many.

1. Make the G-6 have hydraulics to lift the car. Every time it left my driveway, I could hear the scrape at low speeds.

2. Add lights at night near the charge port and by the handle.

3. Definitely work on the speakers. They need some work to ensure each seat has its own controls. The general acoustics were, I would say, BMW-esque to start. But the basic plan needs an upgrade. These are simple little things.

What About the Battery Technology?

Unlike lead acid or other advanced battery technologies, nanophosphate EXT is designed to maintain long cycle life at extreme high temperatures and deliver high power at extreme low temperatures. This works well for this vehicle.

I provide a lot more details, photos and videos of my test drive over on my site, Green Living Guy.

Seth Leitman, The Green Living Guy, is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an author, radio host, reporter, writer and an environmental consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides, and more. Find Seth on his website, and read all of his MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.

 


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4 Electric Pickup Trucks Hit the Road This Year

Rivian delayed customer deliveries of its highly anticipated R1T until September 2021.

The reason, not unexpectedly, was due to the semiconductor chip shortage that's affecting automakers across the world.

Photo by Ron Frazier

Electric pickups are ready for blast-off! But which all-electric pickup truck will enter the market first? According to experts at InsideEVs, the Rivian R1T will win, followed closely by Tesla’s Cybertruck and the Lordstown Endurance. We present four all-electric trucks available in 2021, and 10 more in the next three years.

EV Trucks in 2021

Rivian R1T. Our friend and energy-efficiency expert Chris Caldwell has a deposit on the Rivian R1T. It has a 300-mile range and a price of $67,000 to $100,000.

Tesla’s Cybertruck boasts the “performance of a sports car,” plus a range of 500 miles for $39,000 to $69,000.

The Lordstown Endurance features four in-wheel motors for propulsion. It has 250 miles of range and costs $52,000.

The Bollinger B2 is another 2021 release, with 200 miles of range for $125,000.

More EV Trucks Coming Soon

There are more EV pickups in the wings.

The GMC Hummer EV electric pick-up truck will be released in 2022. It has a range of 350 miles and starts at $112,000.

The Ford F-150 Lightning, which features home emergency power, has 230 to 300 miles of range, and a price tag of $39,000 to $90,000.

The Chevrolet Silverado is slated for 2022 to have 400 miles of range, but its release date and price details are unknown.

The 2022 Atlis Xt will have 500 miles of range at a cost of $45,000.

The Hercules Alpha is slated to get 300+ miles of range, has an unknown price, but is accepting $1,500 deposits.

Other all-electric pickups in the works for release in the next few years include the Fisker Alaska, Nissan Titan Electric Truck, Canoo Electric Pickup Truck, and Alpha Wolf.

What About an EV RAM Pickup Truck?

Some say that the RAM 1500 BEV is behind the pack. With 159 to 200 kWh battery packs and up to 500 miles of range, its all-electric pickup production is slated to start in 2024. RAM is also planning to produce a mid-sized pickup. By 2025, RAM intends to offer a fully electrified solution in a majority of its segments, and in all segments no later than 2030, which means multiple electric trucks and vans.

By the way, RAM is now part of Stellantis, a "Dutch-domiciled, multinational automotive manufacturing corporation" formed this year, based on the $52 billion merger between Fiat Chrysler and the French PSA Group. It is headquartered in Amsterdam.

Ted Flanigan runs EcoMotiona California-based company with the mission of the cost-effective greening of cities, corporations, and campuses. He has dedicated his career to finding win-win solutions that create financial and environmental benefits while fostering a sustainable society. Connect with Ted on Facebook and Twitter, listen to The NetPositive Podcastand read all of his MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.


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EV Sales and the End of the Internal Combustion Engine

 

A Chevy Bolt parks next to a Tesla. Photo by Steve Rainwater

General Motors Chair, Mary Barra, announced on Thursday, January 28th that GM will completely phase out the manufacturer of vehicles using internal combustion engines (ICE) by 2035. The auto company is ahead of the pack committing to phase out all gas and diesel for light-duty vehicles, cars, pickups, and SUVs. GM plans to invest $27 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles by 2025. It’s the end of ICE cars!

Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) have served us well for some 160 years, powering our cars, planes, ships, and more. Karl Benz had the patent for the world’s first car powered with a gas combustion engine in 1886. Today, however, ICE cars are nearing extinction, obsolescence is on the horizon. Powerful and macho — they don’t work well in a carbon-conscious world. Internal combustion engines have four strokes: intake, compression, power, and exhaust. The last spells their demise. Meanwhile, Bloomberg NEF reports that the cost of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) has dropped 87% from 2010 to 2019. The writing is on the wall as one technology falls and the other rises.

Chevy Bolt Leading a New Generation

GM wants market share in the growing EV space, and is no doubt keen on tackling Tesla while fending off other EV upstarts including Rivian. GM produced its first “long-range” battery electric vehicle in 2016, the Bolt. It has been competing nicely with the Tesla Model 3; the Bolt being sold at less cost while offering similar performance.

GM is working in partnership with LG Chem to drive down costs further. By opening a new plant in Ohio to manufacture its new Ultium batteries, GM hopes to cut the costs of its Bolts by another $4,000.

GM is not the only car maker making bold statements: In early February, Ford announced that it will invest $29 billion in EVs and autonomous vehicles by 2025. It too aims to compete with Tesla in the race to bring EVs into the mainstream. By 2030 Ford will only produce all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. An electric version of Ford’s cash cow, the F150 pickup truck, will go into production next year.

More Automakers Make All-Electric Pledges

Other automakers are moving away from ICE. Bentley laid out a target date of 2030 to switch entirely to battery electric vehicles. Nissan will electrify all vehicles by the early 2030s. In early February, Jaguar announced that it will only produce electric vehicles by 2025. Its owner, Indian Tata Motors, reportedly hopes the move to all-electric will turn around the struggling 86-year-old car company’s fortunes.

The end of ICE is being driven by technology and policy. EVs are fun to drive and are more and more affordable to buy. There are many models available. They are low-cost to operate and require no maintenance. Their growth and speed of their adoption, however, are still dependent on government decrees. At the beginning of 2021, there were 31 national and local governments that had announced bans on the sale of cars with internal combustion engines. A list compiled by Charged Future runs from Norway to South Korea, Slovenia, and India. Some governments regulate fleets, other regulations are just for new vehicles. Norway will ban ICE cars by 2025; the United Kingdom, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden, and the Netherlands by 2030.

American states with ICE bans include California, Colorado, Washington, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. There will be more to come. All these above are reactions to the climate imperative – to clean our tailpipes – and to the sharp rise in EV sales and Tesla’s success.

Global EV Sales Surge

In 2020, global EV sales surged despite a drop in overall sales of passenger cars. According to the market research firm Canalys, EV sales jumped 39% globally. At the same time, sales of passenger vehicles dropped by 14%. EVs are now almost 5% of all new car sales globally. Europe was responsible for much of this growth in 2020.

According to EVVolumes.com, 2020 was a banner year for plug-in electric vehicle sales, with sales increasing from 2.26 million in 2019 to 3.24 million in 2020. These values include Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV). Europe is the leading region, taking 1.4 million units, 137% more than in 2019. This growth was due to attractive models, incentives from green recovery funds, the European Union’s “95g CO2 mandate” for average fleet emissions, much improved EV availability, and intense promotion of EVs.

Now, let’s look at the share of the market. What percentage of total sales were EVs? Overall, sales of BEVs and PHEVs made up 4.2% of the global car market, up from 2.5% in 2019. In Europe, EV sales were 10.2% of the market, up from 3.3% in 2019. In China the EV share rose from 5.1% to 5.5%. Meanwhile, in the United States, EVs were 2.4% of new car sales, up just 4% from 2019. U.S. EV sales did nevertheless outperform the overall American auto-market, down 15% year to year. Analysts suggest that this was mostly due to the introduction of the Tesla Model Y.

The world’s largest EV manufacturer is Tesla. In the first quarter of 2020 it had a 29% market share. It was followed by Renault-Nissan with 13% of the market share, Volkswagen Group (11%), and BYD (6%). Tesla’s Model 3 has been the world leading EV, but Model Y sales last year equaled Model S, X, and 3 sales combined.

All told, Tesla delivered 499,550 vehicles in 2020. It has new factories in Austin, Texas, and Brandenburg, Germany. It is boosting production with eight massive casting machines. Tesla is going big and building all-electric, semi tractor-trailers. It is also going small, developing the Model 2, a compact hatchback with a price that may be as low as $19,000. There are rumors that Model 2 steering wheels will be optional.

Ted Flanigan runs EcoMotion, a California-based company with the mission of the cost-effective greening of cities, corporations, and campuses. He has dedicated his career to finding win-win solutions that create financial and environmental benefits while fostering a sustainable society. Connect with Ted on Facebook and Twitter, listen to The NetPositive Podcast, read all of his MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.


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Homestead-Homeschool 101: Teaching Teens Vehicle Maintenance Lesson

We’ve been homesteading for nearly five years now but we’ve only been homeschooling our four teenage girls for about one year. One thing we love about homestead-homeschool is we can teach our girls things they don’t normally learn in school. We love to learn about homesteading with them, explore the forest and touch on subjects often overlooked in public school like writing in cursive, learning how to grow your own food, caring for farm animals and so much more. 

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Photo by Tonya Olson

Most adults in the US operate a vehicle every day of their life, yet many know very little about how a vehicle actually works or how to perform basic maintenance on a vehicle. I myself am no expert but I feel I have enough knowledge to put together a basic lesson for my gour girls.  Because we are also YouTubers I made a video of this lesson as well. Here is my lesson plan and video. I didn’t do any research on this and really did wing it- so please comment if you have any suggestions or ideas or anything i missed and I encourage you to watch the video as we had some fun along the way! 

I hope this lesson plan or video helps your homestead teach your kids about basic vehicle maintenance. 

Part 1: Basic overview of how a vehicle works

In this part of the lesson I asked the girls “How does a vehicle run?”. I then went on to explain some basics about combustions and how the fuel essentially explodes and expands and forces a piston through a cylinder and converts that energy into movement and rotation. As you can see in the video I tried to also explain how amazing it is that a vehicle is essentially powered by countless little controlled explosions over and over again and that’s pretty amazing!

Engine
Photo by Kerry W. Mann, Jr.

I transition this into discussing the oil. The piston moves inside the cylinder and when we have metal on metal we end up with heat and wear and the oil helps lubricate these moving parts to not overheat and over wear.  

Part 2. Checking Air Pressure in tires

Next I showed the girls a tire pressure gauge and explained how to check the tire pressure using the tool. I also explained that the MAX PSI shown on the tire is not the recommended amount of pressure, but rather it is the maximum amount and I showed them where to look inside the door to see the recommended PSI (for our minivan it is 35 PSI). I showed them how to use the tire pressure tool to remove excess pressure and I also demonstrated how to use our air compressor to add more air pressure. Next time we are at a gas station I am going to have each of them test and adjust the tire pressure as needed. 

Check Tire Pressure
Photo by Kerry W. Mann, Jr.

Part 3. Basics Under the Hood Review

I reviewed the basic components under the hood. I showed theme the spark plug wires and explained how the electrical system is powered by the battery. I showed them here the oil is added and the dipstick and I covered a few other basic items like where the brake fluid is added, coolant, transmission dip stick and where to add wiper fluid.

Part 4: How to Use a Jack

I demonstrated how to use our floor jack and let the girls try it themselves. I also told them how using a jack is very dangerous and a jack stand should always be used. I also mentioned it’s important to place the jack under the solid metal frame of the car otherwise it could fail. 

How To Use a Jack
Photo by Kerry W. Mann, Jr.

Part 5: Changing the Oil

Add Oil
Photo by Kerry W. Mann, Jr.

I explained how we need to go under the vehicle and remove the oil pan drain bolt and allow the old dirty oil to drain out into the oil pan. I showed the girls the location of the oil pan and plug. I also showed the girls a new oil filter and explained how to add some oil to the rubber seal on the filter and showed them how to remove the old one by hand or with an oil filter wrench.  Then I removed the plug (lefty-loosey) and drained the oil.

I showed the girls where to find the oil capacity specification in the user manual and let them use a funnel to add the oil. I also let them each check the dip stick several times to ensure the proper amount before testing driving. The test drive was sort of a reward for the girls. They are each too young to drive (13)  but I allowed them to drive on our property.

Overall this was a fun lesson with my girls.

Study Questions

  1. Why is oil important to a vehicle? 
  2. How do we know how much oil to use? 
  3. When do we check the oil? 
  4. How much tire pressure is needed in our minivan?
  5. When do we change the oil next? 
  6. What happens if we put too much oil in the car?

Please comment if you have any questions or ideas to improve this lesson plan! Enjoy the video version.


Kerry W. Mann, Jr. moved to a 20-acre homestead in 2015, where he and his family use modern technology, including YouTube and Instructables.com, to learn new skills and teach homestead projects. Connect with Kerry on his Homestead How YouTube pageInstructablesPinterest Facebookand at My Evergreen Homestead. Read all of Kerry’s MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.


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Cycling During the Pandemic: The Bicycle Industry Booms in the U.S. and Europe

Photo by Maxfoot on Pixabay

A small but shining silver lining: The coronavirus has accelerated the shift to pedal power in Europe and the United States. The German Cycling Association (ADFC) reports that Germans across the country are spending twice as much time biking as they were before the pandemic. There is surging demand for bikes and shared-bike subscriptions, and now even shortages throughout bicycle supply chain. For bike shops it’s an unprecedented boom. So much so that it requires cities to improve their biking infrastructure.

In unimagined numbers, bikes are starting to squeeze out cars in our cities. This uptick in cycling has spurred 930 miles of new bike lanes in Europe, “muscling aside cars on Europe’s city streets,” according to European Cyclists Federation. Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands are pioneering fast lanes for commuters. “Pop-up lanes” are being used for bikes in Berlin and Paris; Rome has painted new bike lanes, in each case taking away lanes from cars.

Germany is the largest bicycle market in Europe with 1.36 million bikes sold in 2019 and now a surge in demand. That compares with 3.6 million cars sold last year. According to Bloomberg Energy News, that volume tumbled 35% in the first half of 2020.

Electric Bicycles and Other Trends

Women riders are reportedly a big factor in the biking revolution. E-bikes are, too. E-bikes use an onboard battery to boost power to the drive train when the rider is going up a hill, or just needs a rest. E-bikes have removed “the sweat factor.” Who wants to show up to work or a party sweaty? Many Europeans that use E-bikes see them as substitutes for their cars. They are switching to bikes and E-bikes for their commutes to improve health and fitness, save money, because they enjoy riding, and for the sake of the environment. Nine in ten Danes own a bike; only four in ten own a car.

Financial Incentives

The European Cyclists’ Federation states that bikes are strongly supported by European governments to cut carbon and increase the quality of their cities. European countries provide direct financial incentives for cyclists.

At the end of April, France announced a 20 million Euro plan to promote cycling after the end of the lockdown. The plan includes 50 Euro vouchers for the repair of a bike. Italy worked on a decree for Covid recovery whereby 120 million Euro was set aside for purchase subsidies covering 70% and up to 500 Euro of the price of conventional, muscle-powered and electric bikes.

U.S. Bicycle Industry Booming

Not to be outdone, go USA! Our country’s bike shops are booming too. There have been record online bike sales. One survey found that nationwide bike sales have doubled, leisure bikes up 121%, commuter bikes up 66%, E-bikes up 85%. A bike shop in Brooklyn, New York, claims sales 600% of that a year ago. Hard to find “sub-$1,000 bikes” in Chicago. For Richards Bike Mart in North Texas, sales are up 30%. It’s hiring new staff for repair services. Many shops have long wait lists for bikes. A D.C. retailer noted its largest sales volume in 50 years of operating the shop.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are “flocking to one of the most basic forms of mobility: the bike.” Many are taking up cycling for the first time in 10, 20, 30 years. It’s a good form of socially distanced exercise, especially now with gyms closed. Trek Magazine reports that its survey of adult bikers found that 21% plan to ride more during the pandemic, and 50% say they keep it up post pandemic.

The pandemic will likely permanently transform society in many ways, and biking is one of them. This dramatic uptick is and will be changing the urban infrastructure. In April, New York City temporarily opened 100 miles of roads to pedestrians and cyclists. Oakland shut down 10% of its streets during the pandemic for cars.

There’s now even a bike shortage – lagging behind the PPE shortage — due to tariffs on bikes from China, lower production, and fewer imports. As the benefits of biking become ingrained in our lives, our urban infrastructures will change too… with less focus on cars and more on the cycling form of “active transportation.”

Ted Flanigan runs EcoMotion, a California-based company with the mission of the cost-effective greening of cities, corporations, and campuses. He has dedicated his career to finding win-win solutions that create financial and environmental benefits while fostering a sustainable society. Connect with Ted on Facebook and Twitter, listen to The NetPositive Podcast, and read all of his MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.


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Electric Driving in an Oil State

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States like Texas are famous for their connection to the oil industry, but that doesn't mean that driving an electric vehicle (EV) is out of the question. As the market for electric vehicles grows larger, states that would traditionally resist giving up petroleum are being forced to adapt.

In fact, Texas has become one of the better states for electric cars ownership, with favorable tax incentives, increased charging station availability and local governments that are investing in the electric infrastructure needed for a greener future. Here’s how one of the biggest oil states in the U.S. is rethinking driving — and what other states are doing to follow suit.

Tax Incentives

Typically, electric cars are more expensive than your standard internal combustion vehicle, especially when you compare the features and niceties inside. The federal government offers a hefty $7,500 tax credit to help lower the price tag, but Texas goes even further. In June of 2018, Texas reinstated their $2,500 state tax credit for purchasing an electric vehicle after a three-year hiatus from offering this credit. This is great news for Texans who want to drive green, as tax incentives are critical for making EVs and hybrids accessible to the average consumer.  

In addition to the tax rebate, the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Vehicle Replacement Program from the Texas Department of Environmental Quality will give a further rebate of up to $3,500 for trading in for a more efficient vehicle, especially EVs and hybrids. However, the requirements for this program are a bit more stringent. You must be in a low-income bracket and your current vehicle must meet certain requirements for inefficiency. It's also only available to residents in certain parts of the state. 

Charging Station Availability

Texas is a big place, but there are already 960 charging stations across the state, allowing EV drivers to make it almost anywhere without running out of juice. Most of these charging stations are located in urban areas, but some are placed along highways that run through the state. 

Additionally, the federal government has designated several interstate highways to be "Interstate Charging Corridors," including Interstates 10, 20, 30, 35 and 45. This is backed up by $4.5 billion in guaranteed loans from the government to companies building EV charging stations – part of an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 80 percent by 2050. 

Austin: A Haven for EVs

The capital of Texas has gone all-in on making the switch to electric-powered transportation. The local power service, Austin Energy, offers EV owners a rebate to help install a fast-charging station (up to $1,200) at home, even if they live in an apartment building. Apartment buildings and condo complexes make it notoriously hard to own an EV, but if you have a designated parking spot or garage, you may qualify for the rebate. Austin will also help apartment and condo buildings install charging stations with rebates, as well as lend support for maintenance and marketing the high-demand amenity. 

EV owners can also take advantage of Austin Energy's EV360 pilot program, which offers unlimited charging at home between 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. for a flat $30/month fee (if you qualify). The program also offers unlimited access to Austin Energy charging stations throughout the city for $4.17/month. And even better news for green drivers — Austin Energy also says that charging your car during off-peak hours will use 100 percent renewable energy.

EV Ownership in Other Oil States

Texas isn't the only oil state with an EV-friendly environment. California is also a major oil producer, and also an EV-friendly state. California offers a staggering tax credit of up to $7,000, which nearly matches that of the Federal government. There are also HOV lane permissions, utility incentives, local jurisdiction rebates and discounts, as well as plenty of electric vehicle charging stations to go around. Other big oil producers like Oklahoma, Alaska and North Dakota have yet to equal Texas and California’s EV initiatives, but the times are certainly changing. The more states that follow Texas’s example, the easier it’ll be to own an EV almost anywhere in the U.S. 

Haden Kirkpatrick is the head of marketing strategy and innovation at Esurance. He is constantly thinking about how IoT, blockchain and machine learning will impact the auto insurance industry.


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Benefits of Electric-Run School Buses

school busCurrently, there are about 480,000 school buses operating today in the United States. These school buses alone contribute 5.3 million tons of climate-altering pollution every year. If schools in America were to swap out all of these school buses with electric-powered replacements, it would not only have numerous environmental benefits, but it would also have many health benefits for the students who take those school buses every week.

A new report, “Electric Buses: Clean Transportation for Healthy Neighborhoods and Cleaner Air”, from Environment America Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund, and Frontier Group shows that replacing all school buses in America with an electric-powered model would be the equivalent of taking 1 million cars off of the road, saving millions of tons of pollution annually.

Not only do these hundreds of thousands of buses have terrible effects on the environmental, they also have harmful health consequences for the students riding the bus every day. Approximately 95 percent of school buses run on diesel fuel, which is proven to cause respiratory diseases and worsen existing conditions such as asthma.

"Pollution from school buses is harming our children's health and contributing excessively to global warming,” said Andrea McGimsey, Environment America Global Warming Director. "Our research shows that whether they're boarding the bus or on the bus, kids are exposed to toxic air in high concentrations. Electrifying our buses is a common-sense solution for communities across the nation.”

These electric school buses are already available for schools to consider. They are cleaner, healthier, and often cheaper for schools to purchase in place of diesel-fueled buses in the long run. Electric school buses have zero tailpipe emissions, which could help reduce kids’ exposure to toxic fumes on a daily basis.

"When we put our kids on a school bus we rely on these buses for safe transportation,” said Jeff Robinson, director of U.S. PIRG’s transportation program. “We have the technology to avoid these negative repercussions, so why wouldn’t we drive toward a cleaner future?”


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