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Zero Emission School Bus Program

Click here to visit the Zero-Emission School Bus and Infrastructure (ZESBI) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).


The MBARD Zero Emission School Bus Program is currently on hold until further notice. Please check back for updates.


This is a fleet enhancement program and does not require replacement of existing fleet buses. Eligible applicants are any public school district, Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) school, or contractor operating school buses for those public schools.

The ZESBP award will be in the form of an executed grant agreement between the school district and MBARD and will be funded in combination from various sources : AB617, AB923, Carl Moyer Program, Local Offsite Mitigation fees, the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), or Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) funds. MBCP is helping to move the program foward by contributing $1.2 Million in total funds. Six electric school bus projects will each receive $200,000 from MBCP's contribution and the rest of the funding will be supported by MBARD grant funds.

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Electric school buses will produce ZERO diesel particulate emissions — a toxic air contaminant — and thus reduce student exposure to cancer-causing pollutants in diesel exhaust. 

For those school districts operating CNG school buses, funds are also available for on-board CNG tank replacement and CNG fuel station dispensers.

Zero Emission School Bus requirementsApplication for Electric School BusApplication for on-board CNG tank replacementState Bus RegulationSchool Bus Types

For additional program information, please contact David Frisbey at or (831) 647-9411.

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