The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced a grant solicitation for the $1,000,000 Advanced Technology Demonstration Project for the demonstration of advanced hybrid technologies in school buses. The applicant match is required to be a minimum of 50% of the total project budget. Of the 50% required match, 10% of funds must be cash.
This solicitation covers administration and demonstration of advanced hybrid technologies that are applicable to school buses. The ARB believes that direct experience with advanced technology hybrid school buses will provide school districts with the necessary information to make informative decisions when deciding how to shape their future school bus fleets.
School buses that participate in the demonstration project will need to be equipped with an advanced hybrid drive system. For purposes of this solicitation a hybrid drive system is defined as having two power sources that are used for propelling the bus.
The primary power source can be the engine, battery pack, or some other source that provides the primary propulsion of the bus. The secondary power source can be a battery pack, or some other energy storage system that does not collect energy directly from the primary power source. Secondary power collected from regenerative braking, electrical grid power, or some other source that then supplies stored energy to provide school bus propulsion satisfies, for the purpose of this solicitation, the definition of a hybrid drive system.
School buses funded under this demonstration will need to provide home to school transportation for school children in the state of California and as a result will need to successfully pass a California Highway Patrol (CHP) safety inspection and be issued a valid CHP form 292.
This solicitation for the School Bus Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects is open to California-based public agencies such as air districts, state or local government entities or agencies with expertise implementing demonstration programs and the requisite knowledge of school bus operations. Applications are due to ARB by 14 December 2011 at 5:00 pm.