Electric Bus Program



The Electric Bus Program provides 3CE customers with incentives for the purchase or lease of all-electric buses for schools, public transit agencies, and agricultural worker transport businesses. The Electric Bus Program is intended to reduce GHG emissions from buses, as well as eliminate harmful pollutants emitted by traditional diesel buses in close proximity to people.


  • Electric buses are more cost effective to run and maintain than diesel
  • Buses powered by cleaner energy emit fewer harmful pollutants and greenhouse gas each year
  • Clean air is linked to proper cognitive functioning, better physical and academic performance, and increased attendance. People riding an electric bus are happier, healthier and safer


Who is Eligible?

  • Individual public schools or public-school districts
  • Businesses that provide Ag transport services
  • Transit authorities

Eligible applicants must have at least one site located within the 3CE service area. The account associated with the location of the school bus must be in “good standing.”

Eligible Vehicle Types

  • School bus types A, B, C, and D
  • Shuttle buses
  • Transit buses
  • Motor coaches
  • Other vehicle types, at 3CE’s discretion

Project Eligibility

Requirements for all projects

  • The location where the bus will be charged must be actively enrolled in 3CE service at the time the bus is ready to be delivered
  • The selected bus must be fully electric (hybrid or hydrogen buses will not be accepted)
  • Vehicle or charging equipment must be network/Wi-Fi enabled, such that the bus may participate in future 3CE Programs offering participation in charge, discharge, and related activities
  • Bus make and model must be identified prior to submittal of the application
  • Application must be received prior to the purchase/order or lease of the electric bus
  • Applicant must retain ownership or possession and operate the electric bus as described above for a minimum of 60 consecutive months immediately after purchase or lease



Applicant TypeRebateMax Rebate per Vehicle
Electric Bus (any class)50% of vehicle cost$200,000




Applicant identifies desired bus and identifies necessary matching funds to complete bus purchase or lease


Applicant completes and submits online application through the 3CE website


3CE approves application and verifies applicant and project eligibility


3CE provides successful applicants with a notice of qualification, stating that 3CE is prepared to fund the stated rebate amount, should funding remain available in the given fiscal year. This notice of qualification does not serve as a reservation of rebate funds. 3CE will also fund electric buses as a post-purchase rebate, whereby applicants submit a rebate application after purchase and delivery of a bus has been completed


Upon payment and delivery of the bus, applicant provides 3CE with proof of purchase. 3CE verifies documentation, then delivers rebate amount to customer via check



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