BYD announced its new Type D school bus is eligible for incentives through the California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2022 Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).
Buyers of the Type D school bus are eligible for an incentive of $198,000 per bus under the HVIP program, making the transition from fossil fuel vehicles even more affordable.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a $130 million set-aside intended to cover nearly, if not all, of the full cost of new zero-emission school buses for public school districts and other qualifying entities located in small-sized air districts and in medium-sized air districts. Eligible applicants can apply when HVIP opens (date to be determined). For the first 90 days, funding will be prioritized for applicants that are in a small air district and are also in a Disadvantaged Community.All applicants must serve students at the K-12 grade level. Eligible applicants include:
Public school districts or public charter schools.
Joint Power Authorities.
County Offices of Education.
Division of State Special Schools of the California Department of Education.
Full program details will be retailed following the publication of the HVIP FY21-22 Implementation Manual. Please contact SchoolBusTeam@CALSTART.org to subscribe to program updates.
See CaliforniaHVIP.org/Purchasers for funding requirements, a list of air districts by size, and to access the online form for applicants to request funding.
BYD’s Type D battery-electric school bus is ideal for transporting students to classes, field trips, as well as athletic and band events. The Type D can seat up to 84 and can be equipped with an ADA liftgate. The bus has a range of up to 155 miles on a single charge.
In addition to HVIP funding, buyers can also benefit from bi-directional charging technology.
School buses can be charged overnight when energy demand is low, and clean emission-free energy can be fed back into the classroom during school hours when the bus is parked.
BYD made safety the top priority in its school bus design, including such features as electronic stability control to aid handling, a collision-avoidance system, and a 360-degree monitoring system to detect pedestrians and cyclists when the bus is operating at slow speeds. BYD buses can be equipped with 3-point lap-shoulder belts, integrated child seats and portable restraints.
“BYD can offer parents something no other school bus manufacturer can top — peace of mind,” Sam Kang said. “BYD’s lithium iron phosphate batteries have been put through rigorous testing and proved to be safe when burned, overheated, dropped, perforated and crushed.”
BYD’s Lancaster, California manufacturing facility employs hundreds of men and women including members of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Union (SMART), Local 105. Our Community Benefits Agreement includes a commitment to hire veterans, single parents and the formerly incarcerated.