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In Columbus, test runs for an electric school bus

Driver says it's real quiet
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Posted at 11:13 PM, Oct 20, 2020

COLUMBUS — It just might be the school bus of the future, and it's on the road in Columbus.

Tuesday, the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation received an electric school bus from the Blue Bird Company.

The bus uses a technology called "vehicle to grid capabilities," which allows it to return any unused electricity.

"The biggest difference is the noise. You don't hear anything. I can actually hear the children's conversations. And, umm, it's real smooth, it rides really smooth," said school bus driver Shannon Stuart after taking the bus for a spin.

The bus was paid for by a grant that came from Indiana's settlement with Volkswagen over that company's cheating on emissions standards for its vehicles.

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