Blackstone Valley Preparatory Academy will soon switch to electric buses

This is a file image of the Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy. (WLNE)

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WLNE) — Blackstone Valley Preparatory Academy will soon have electric vehicle school buses.

The academy said Thursday that they were awarded a $9 million grant through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program.

The funding will be used to purchase electric vehicle school buses and build EV-compatible infrastructure.

“These funds will improve the quality of life for these communities and help catapult us closer to our goal of being zero-emissions by 2035,” said Nick Voisard, National Express senior director of electric vehicles.

Over the next five years, EPA’s program intends to give around $5 billion to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models.

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