Nuvve, which works on accelerating the electrification of transportation through its proprietary vehicle-to-grid (V2G) platform, has been selected as the energy technology provider that will enable school districts and utilities in San Diego, California and Durango, Colorado to accelerate the electrification of their school buses.
Nuvve’s proprietary V2G technology will create value for customers of these deployments by lowering the total cost of ownership of electric school buses (ESBs) to be equal to or less than that of diesel school buses.
Electrifying school buses is a top priority for the administration of US President Joe Biden. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan supported by the administration includes $7.5 billion to replace thousands of diesel-powered school and transit buses with zero-emission electric vehicles. However, with approximately 480,000 school buses across the US, the $7.5 billion split across both sectors represents only a fraction of the funding needed to electrify all school buses across the country. Nuvve’s V2G technology and the company’s recently announced plans to form a joint venture to provide fully financed options for customers will help bridge the gap between the need to electrify the nation’s transportation fleet and the funding available to do so.
Gregory Poilasne, chairman and CEO of Nuvve, said, “We’re helping pave the way for more schools to rapidly electrify their fleets and for more regions to leverage EVs as distributed energy resources. These school districts aren’t just electrifying their fleets; they’re demonstrating that their immediate needs and budget constraints can be addressed through our V2G technology and intelligent bidirectional energy management to create cleaner and healthier rides for students.”
By using Nuvve’s V2G platform, schools and other fleet customers can realise cost benefits by allowing Nuvve to use the excess energy in their EVs to perform services that help stabilise the grid. In applicable markets, Nuvve can also sell the extra energy back to the grid and these proceeds can be shared with customers or help offset upfront costs of charging infrastructure.
In addition to intelligent features that allow the EVs to charge when rates are low for cost savings, the technology enables EVs to act as ‘storage on wheels’, firming up the value of renewable energy, including solar and wind, that is intermittent by nature, and helping integrate these resources into the grid in a more predictable and reliable way.
To date, Nuvve has deployed over 120 V1G and V2G charging stations for electric school buses across North America.
In San Diego County, Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) is electrifying its bus fleet as a natural next step in its clean, renewable energy initiatives. All of the district’s school sites already have solar power and, after receiving grant funding, they jumped at the chance to add ESBs. Five Nuvve V2G DC 60kW charging stations are being installed at its site this summer with four additional chargers being commissioned this fall in conjunction with plans to expand its electrification program to diesel warehouse vehicles.
Another San Diego County district, Ramona Unified School District, is also looking to the future by adding eight Nuvve V2G DC 60kW charging stations by the end of 2021 to help electrify its bus fleet.
In Colorado, La Plata Electric Association, a member-owned, non-profit, electric distribution cooperative, teamed up with Durango School District 9-R to purchase and install a fully electric school bus and a Nuvve V2G DC 60kW charging station made possible by a grant aimed at improving the state’s air quality. This will be the first V2G installation in LPEA’s service territory, enabling the electric co-op to operate with a higher degree of flexibility, save money on network operating costs, and take advantage of low-cost renewables. The installation is scheduled for early fall of 2021.