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Electric School Buses Could Double as Peaking Power Plants

One of the things we never learned growing up was to think of our school buses as peaking power plants. But with advances in energy storage, Bundschuh and Ristau say that’s a possibility. “There are about a half-million school buses in the U.S.,” the write. “Most of the time, those investments are idle. They typically make two 25-mile loops per day with start-stop traffic, which is a perfect use case for electric vehicles.” Moreover, “electric vehicle fleets have the ability to provide aggregated bi-directional power for other uses, including supporting the electric grid, integration of distributed generation, and the ability to deliver emergency power capabilities.”

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