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Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Tuesday April 13, 2021 - 9:32 AM
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FAIRVIEW, Oregon - Reynolds School District recently added an all-electronic bus to its fleet. The bus was purchased through a grant supporting the electric school bus program. The grant is part of a larger initiative at Portland General Electric to invest its Oregon Clean Fuels Program credits in ways that help make electric transportation available to everyone. Reynolds School District is excited to advance the goal of a future powered by clean energy. RSD is the second school district in Oregon to have an all-electronic bus in its fleet.

This is a zero-emissions bus that holds 28 seats and it will be used in a traditional route for students in the district. There are currently four all-electronic busses throughout Oregon. If future grants become available to purchase another all-electronic bus, RSD will add to its fleet.

As a tradition to number a new bus, RDS's Transportation Department numbered it 1.21, an agrement to the number of gigawatts needed for the flux capacitor to work in the movie, Back to the Future.

"The bus will save the district approximately $30,000 a year in gas and maintenance costs," states Rehana Nelson, Reynolds School District Transportation Coordinator. Nelson added, "It has a 100-mile range on an eight-hour charge, which fits well for our district's routes, all less than 100 miles."