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Missouri’s first electric school bus is at a local school

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KNOX COUNTY, MO. (WGEM) -- Knox County R-1 Schools showed off the new bus today, which promises to save taxpayers money.

Transportation is a large cost that every school district encounters and Knox County R-1 School District is hoping to save money with its new electric bus.

Richard Lee is the is the Director of U.S. Bus Sales at Lion Electric, the company that makes the bus.

"We're seeing an 80-percent decrease in maintenance and we're seeing a 60-percent decrease in the cost of fuel from kilowatts compared to diesel," he said.

Knox County superintendent Andy Turgeon said after doing research the electric bus was the best investment for the district.

"They are seeing about five-thousand-dollar savings a year on operating costs versus diesel. All of our other buses are diesel so that's comparative for us."

Lee said the unpredictable midwest weather will not have any negative effect on the bus.

"So our technology without batteries, in general, provides 100%, how do I want to say, 100% performance."

Turgeon said he hopes this encourages others to look into an electric bus.

"We're going to generate some information and hopefully other people can use it to their advantage and maybe find out that this is a solution for some other districts in the state," he said.

The bus was funded from several sources. The DNR (Missouri Department of Natural Resources) Volkswagen Trust Fund, the USDA, and Associated Electric, the REC, and the Knox County R-1 School District.

The district only paid $7,500 toward the bus instead of what would've been $350,000-400,000.

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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