SEARSPORT — During its January and February meetings, the Regional School Unit 20 Board of Directors will consider getting electronic buses, according to Superintendent Chris Downing. He is still collecting more information about the idea in preparation for those meetings.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is rolling out a rebate program that will reimburse districts for up to $375,000 per bus and $20,000 per charging station, according to a fact sheet from the Maine Department of Education. The EPA is recommending that schools replace diesel buses, as they age out, with electric buses.

Electronic buses are about three times as efficient as diesel buses, according to the fact sheet. Electronic buses take less to maintain because there are fewer “moving parts,” the fact sheet says, and switching to electronic buses could save districts up to 40% in maintenance costs.

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