"By law, NY school districts cannot lease EV school buses over a 10 year period, like schools in most of the rest of the US. The impact is NY schools cannot get budget-neutral financing contracts for EV buses. NY schools are limited to 5 year contracts, thus they are economically forced to use diesel and gasoline buses.
Diesel exhaust is a carcinogen, and dozens of medical studies link the fumes to asthma. These exhaust fumes pollute our entire communities and are a major source of CO2 emissions.
NY bill S.5268/A.6754 allows schools to make 10 year lease contracts. Once passed into law, EV school buses can be a budget-neutral expense item via contracts with bus leasing companies. In basic terms, a school would pay the same expense per bus as their current expense, but the payment goes to a lease for an EV school bus, plus associated charging equipment. Voila, no more CO2 and diesel fumes. The school budget stays flat.
Contact your NY Assembly person, your NY Senator, and Governor Cuomo to urge that S.5268/A.6754 is signed into law in this session of the Legislature."
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