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New Program Offers Free Technical Assistance to Develop Bus Fleet Electrification Plans

On February 20, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the $5 million Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA) program, funded by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office). Managed by NREL, the CBPA provides free technical assistance to create comprehensive and customized bus electrification plans for fleets across the United States.

Applications for assistance are open on a rolling basis through Sept. 30, 2024, giving fleets an opportunity to fully understand their needs before applying for support. This new program will reduce the burden of electrification by helping fleet managers create a step-by-step plan to transition their bus fleet. Learn more the program.

About the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

The Joint Office is a collaboration between the U.S. Departments of Energy and Transportation to support the buildout of a nationwide network of electric vehicle chargers, zero-emission fueling infrastructure, and zero-emission transit and school buses. Learn more at

Also, to learn more about EPA's partnership with the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation and the NREL's program providing technical assistance to EPA Clean School Bus Program applicants and program participants, including information and tools needed to successfully plan and deploy clean school buses and infrastructure, go to the Clean School Bus Program website!