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Bartholomew County school gets one of the state's first all-electric bus

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Posted at 3:08 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 15:09:02-04

COLUMBUS, IN — On Tuesday, the Bartholomew Consolidated School District received an electric school bus from the "Blue Bird Bus Company."

It's one of the first in the state, and it's the first with vehicle-to-grid technology that helps return any unused electricity to help power companies manage supply.

Bus drivers tell WRTV there is one difference they noticed immediately.

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

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