Montgomery County Leads the Charge on Electric Buses

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Thursday, November 3, 2022 | Department of Environmental Protection

Electric Ride-on Bus

Electric Ride On and MCPS school buses hit the road

Get ready for a cleaner, quieter ride to school and work! This month, there were two major announcements about electric buses in Montgomery County.

  • Montgomery County Public School celebrated the largest school bus electrification project in the country, announcing that a total of 86 electric buses will be in operation this school year, operating out of 4 transportation depots. 
  • The Department of Transportation also celebrated the ribbon cutting for the 6.5 megawatt Brookeville Bus Depot Microgrid, with solar PV canopies, on-site gas generator, and battery storage that can provide charging capacity for 70 buses. MCDOT has 14 all-electric Ride On buses in operation with more on order.
  • Both projects use an innovative Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) financing model that required no up-front capital expenditures. Highland Electric Fleets is the service provider for MCPS' school buses, and AlphaStruxure designed, built, and will operate the Brookeville Microgrid. 

University of Maryland EV Equity Survey

University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is conducting a survey to better understand the obstacles faced by low- and moderate-income and minority communities in electric vehicle adoption. Anyone who lives or works in Maryland, Virginia, or D.C. is invited to participate. Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey, and enter a raffle to win $100. 

Click here to take the survey.

Green Bank offers grants for EV charging in affordable apartment buildings

Green Bank

Affordable multi-family properties can take advantage of a new opportunity from the Montgomery County Green Bank to install EV charging with no out-of-pocket costs. The Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program (EV-CIP) provides a 0% bridge loan plus additional funds to cover additional on-site project costs for up to 2 dual-port chargers at each property. This program is made possible through a General Motors Climate Equity Philanthropic Grant. Contact the Green Bank for more information

Green Jobs Board

There are lots of exciting opportunities available for job seekers. Check out DEP’s Green Job Portal for climate and sustainability jobs. 

Job Opportunities

EV News Round-Up


What's in it for me? A Montgomery County Homeowner's Guide to the Inflation Reduction Act (My Green Montgomery)

WATCH: Montgomery County offers permits for curbside EV charging stations (NBC Washington)

More EV chargers to dot highways beginning next year (Washington Post)

US awards $2.8 billion in grants for EV batteries in 12 states (Associated Press)

How cities are deciding where electric vehicle charging should go (Route Fifty)

How the pandemic has shaped commuting in the DC area (Washington Post)

Electric school buses to get $1 billion boost from Biden Administration (Canary Media)

Upcoming Events

2022 Annual Drive Electric VA Forum
November 17, 3pm-4:30pm
This forum is presented by VA Clean Cities, featuring discussions about the role of EV clubs, manufacturers, utilities, and underserved communities.

Ask an EV Owner
December 7, 7:30pm
Held on the first Wednesday of each month, EVADC provides a space for prospective EV owners to ask questions and learn from current owners.