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Electric Vehicle Program


MCPS celebrates largest school bus electrification project in the United States. The school district is on track to have 326 electric school buses by 2025 and an entirely electric school bus fleet in 10 years. Climate change and concerns about student and community health are driving school bus electrification mandates around the country, including in Maryland. The state’s Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 requires all new school bus purchases and contracts to be electric by 2025. On a typical school day, MCPS diesel buses use approximately 17,000 gallons of diesel fuel, which emit greenhouse gasses and harmful matter from tailpipes. Replacing the diesel bus fleet with electric buses brings MCPS one step closer to our pledge of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035.


 Dr. Monifa McKnight, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools noted, "The school system is proud to be at the forefront of this work. Moving to an electrified school bus fleet makes sense and is the future of transportation for all of us,” she said. “The school bus is the first and last contact with our students each day, and a new, modern school bus reflects our commitment to an excellent experience for students.” 

Electric School Buses

In school year (SY) 2021-22, the inaugural set of 25 buses were delivered and operated from the MCPS Bethesda School Bus Depot.  This location was selected to pilot the installation of the charging infrastructure and electric bus (EV) operation because of its proximity to the Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) substation. 

In SY 2022-23, EV buses are operating from all five MCPS bus depots-Bethesda, Clarksburg, Randolph, Shady Grove, and West Farm.  The lessons learned from the Bethesda depot project significantly facilitated the construction and installation of charging infrastructure and the successful deployment of EV buses throughout the County.  With the addition of 61 buses in SY 2022-23, 86 buses now provide cleaner, and environmentally friendly transportation equitably to our students.  MCPS is expecting the delivery of an additional 240 buses during SY 2023-24 and SY 2024-25.

Electric Fleet Vehicles 

Beyond the electrification of school buses, MCPS has begun replacing some of its internal combustion engine fleet vehicles with hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and electric vehicles.  As of fiscal year (FY) 2023, MCPS operates 13 hybrid compact sport utility vehicles (SUV) and two plug-in hybrid SUVs.  Four full electric cargo vans are on order and are expected to be delivered during FY 2024.  


Why Drive Electric Vehicles?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are the future of transportation. EVs  offer quiet, emissions-free transportation in an increasing number of makes and models to suit various lifestyles and driving habits. EVs have the convenient ability to charge at home and work. EVs also have a lower total cost of ownership compared to gasoline vehicles, thanks to savings on fuel and maintenance requirements.  

Click here to learn how EVs work and the various types of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) available in the market today.

"Charge Montgomery" Story Map

The purpose of this tool is to inform the public, policymakers, and EV charging providers about installed community EV charging infrastructure, new planned infrastructure to be installed at County sites, and factors that may influence where future infrastructure will be developed, such as EV demand, demographic data, and state and federal policies. Stakeholders are invited to provide input on where and how new infrastructure should be installed. This planning tool is part of the County’s development of a Community EV Charging Plan.

EV Charging Stations

There are over 500 charging plugs open to the public in Montgomery County, including 100 DC Fast Chargers. Twenty-two EV charging stations are available at public parking facilities in downtown Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton. Maps of those locations are available from the Division of Parking ManagementLocal utilities have also installed charging at parks and other public facilities.

Check the Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center or charging station location services such as Plugshare to find an EV charger near you.

MCPS is installing charging stations at three sites; check back here for information on the progress of the projects.  Email to suggest sites that MCPS should consider for future charging station installations. 

Looking For More Information?

The Division of Sustainability and Compliance hosted a Sustainability Symposium on MCPS Electric School Bus Project in December, 2022.   Over 340 students and staff registered to attend the webinar to learn about MCPS' rollout of electric school buses and how this project helps to reduce the harmful greenhouse gas emissions.  If you missed the event, click  here  to watch it.

For more information about the sustainability efforts at MCPS and to learn more about the electrification of school buses and fleet vehicles, please contact the Division of Sustainability and Compliance via email: or call 240-314-1090.