Bechtel to build charging stations for major school bus operator

Bechtel charging stations
Bus operator First Student introduced its first electric bus in Oregon in February this year (Courtesy of First Student)

Bechtel will build electric charging infrastructure for North America’s biggest school bus operator, First Student.

It will start designing and building charging stations right away for one of the company’s US electrification projects.

The two companies plan to work on more charging infrastructure in the future, with Bechtel providing engineering, procurement, and construction services.

As well as lowering emissions, First Student said electric school buses were more efficient and require less maintenance. It plans to have 30,000 electric buses by 2035.

“Thousands of our students are already benefiting from riding emissions-free school buses as part of our commitment to create a safer, cleaner, and quieter ride to school,” said Kevin L. Matthews, First Student’s head of electrification.

Justin Britt, Bechtel’s general manager for electric vehicles, said: “Building a future of vehicle electrification means investing in infrastructure today in everything from raw material extraction, processing plants, battery component manufacturing, final assembly, charging stations, and recycling.”

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