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Zum Takes Step Toward A Zero Emission Future For Student Transportation

Modern student transportation leader deploys its first electric vehicle school buses

Today, we’re announcing that Zum’s first electric school buses have hit the road as part of our mission to transition 100% of our fleet to electric by 2025. The initial six LionC electric school buses from Lion Electric are now running across Northern California, transporting students from San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Menlo School and Nueva School.

We have been working toward driving an industry-wide shift to transition the nation’s 500,000 school buses that currently run on diesel to electric. The student transportation industry is responsible for emitting 8.4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas annually and producing pollution levels that are often five to 10 times higher than the surrounding areas, threatening the health of students and drivers.

The introduction of our first EV school buses rapidly follows other steps we have taken to meet the urgency of the climate crisis as part of our Zum Net Zero initiative, a program rooted in creating a safer, healthier, more sustainable planet. You can find out more about Zum’s sustainability program here.

"This marks an important point in our journey to lead the student transportation industry toward a zero emission future. The U.S. school bus fleet is double the size of all other mass transit combined and is a major contributor to the nation’s carbon emissions."
Ritu Narayan

CEO and founder of Zum