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Biggest Electric Bus Deal in U.S. Approved in Maryland

  • Washington suburb agrees to pay $169 million over 16 years
  • Move comes as Biden plans to electrify the federal fleet
A SAF T- Liner EC2 electric school bus, manufactured by Thomas Built Buses.
A SAF T- Liner EC2 electric school bus, manufactured by Thomas Built Buses.Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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A school system outside Washington is poised to become the nation’s biggest operator of electric school buses.

The Board of Education in Maryland’s Montgomery County voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to approve a 16-year, $169 million contract to lease 326 buses, part of a plan that could result in the county replacing its entire 1,422-bus fleet over the next two decades.