JAMES CITY-The WJCC School Division, Dominion Energy, and Sonny Merryman, the Jouley electric school bus supplier, have partnered to add four electric school buses to the school division’s bus fleet.
WJCC Schools hosted a special “plug-in” ceremony for the new buses on June 9 at its transportation headquarters on Jolly Pond Road.
“This is a very special day for our schools,” WJCC Schools Superintendent Dr. Olwen Herron said. “Adding these buses to our fleet is a demonstration of our commitment to environmental stewardship, fiscal responsibility, and the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community.”
WJCC Schools is one of the first 15 school divisions in the state to receive electric school buses through Dominion Energy Virginia’s electric school bus deployment program.
According to Dominion Energy, replacing one diesel bus with a zero emissions electric bus is the equivalent of taking 5.2 cars off the road each year. Students and bus drivers will also benefit from interior air quality that is five times better than that of a diesel bus. The electric buses have many other safety features, including reduced noise.
The City of Williamsburg and James City County will also benefit from the four new electric buses. While the primary use of these buses is student transportation, when they are not needed for school, the bus batteries can provide a power reserve to store energy and supply it back onto the grid during peak times.
The four electric buses will begin service this summer for students participating in summer enrichment programs.