Electric Bus Program



The Electric Bus Program provides 3CE customers with incentives for the purchase or lease of all-electric school buses and agricultural worker transport buses. 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
  • Ag transport businesses

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
  • 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

For School Buses

  • Must demonstrate ability to cover a minimum of 25% of the bus cost (“matching funds requirement”)

For Ag Transport Businesses

  •  Must demonstrate ability to cover a minimum of 50% of the bus cost (“matching funds requirement”)



Applicant TypeRebateMax Rebate per Vehicle
Schools/School Districts75% of vehicle cost$200,000
Ag Transport Businesses50% of vehicle cost$150,000




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 letter of intent to fund an approved bus


Upon completion of the bus, Applicant provides 3CE with documentation that the bus is ready for payment and delivery



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