CALSTART launches Electric School Bus (ESB) Network Website to Accelerate Electrified School Bus Market

CALSTART joins the movement to encourage school bus electrification nationwide.


Pasadena, CA – CALSTART, a global nonprofit focused on clean energy and transportation, has launched its new website, Electric School Bus Network, in tandem with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus (CSB) rebates announcement. The CSB Program, implemented under the Biden Administration’s bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021, was put in place to “offer rebates to replace existing school buses with clean and zero-emission (ZE) models to reduce harmful emissions from older, dirtier buses.”    

CALSTART has been a leader in the advancement of the clean transportation sector and recognizes the significant investment this announcement brings to move electric school bus adoption forward. 

CALSTART’s Electric School Bus (ESB) Network was created to be a go-to resource for peer-to-peer networking and dialogue-driven discussions for those interested in electric school buses. In collaboration with partners from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), CALSTART has developed a series of working groups as an innovative means to accelerate the nationwide growth of school bus electrification. The working group meetings offer insights on market trends, updates on funding opportunities and much more.  

The Electric School Bus Network Working Groups serve several audiences nationwide. School districts may tune into the Regional Working Groups, where the goal is to help ease the transition to electric school bus fleets tailored to the district’s location. Industry representatives may find interest in the Industry Working Group, where they can work with their peers to identify opportunities and challenges in workforce development. The National Working Group serves everyone working to accelerate the electric school bus transition.  

In addition to the working groups, the Electric School Bus Network also gives users access to educational tools, resources and subject matter experts to help support the electric school bus fleet transition. 

 We congratulate the Biden-Harris Administration and today’s Clean School Bus Program awardees. This program is a monumental step forward for the electric school bus movement – but just the beginning of the electrification journey for many. We are excited to serve these and other school districts in our Electric School Bus Working Group Meetings as we work together to accelerate the adoption of electric school buses and reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationwide,” says Rachel Chard, CALSTART National Program Manager Electric School Buses. 

The Electric School Bus Network is free to join. We encourage those interested in electric school bus adoption to visit the website and register for an upcoming working group meeting. 


About Electric School Bus Network 

CALSTART’s Electric School Bus Network accelerates nationwide school bus fleet electrification through peer-to-peer networking and dialogue-driven working group meetings. 


A global nonprofit consortium with offices in New York, Michigan, Colorado, California, Washington, D.C., central Europe and partners world-wide, CALSTART works with 300+ member company and agency innovators to build a prosperous, efficient and clean high-tech transportation industry. We knock down barriers to modernization and the adoption of clean vehicles. CALSTART is changing transportation for good.