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GreenPower Gets Grant To Build 47 Electric School Buses

A small yellow school bus sits in front of an open garage bay with a white banner hanging over it.
GreenPower's NanoBeast at the company's plant in South Charleston.
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GreenPower Motor Company will receive a federal grant to build electric school buses for nine West Virginia districts.

GreenPower will get $18.5 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to build 47 electric school buses at its South Charleston plant.

The award is part of nearly $1 billion in nationwide investment in clean school buses under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021.

GreenPower recently delivered its first electric buses to four West Virginia counties.

The 47 buses will go to Kanawha, Lewis, Calhoun, Clay, Grant, Harrison, Monongalia, Cabell and Mineral counties.

More funds are available for schools to replace diesel-powered buses. The EPA is accepting applications for its 2023 Clean School Bus Rebate program until Jan. 31.