Eight electric school buses are running in five Minnesota districts. It’s part of a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) pilot project aiming to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, MPCA Commissioner Katrina Kessler says the buses are quiet…

“They play a little chime when they are driving less than 15 miles per hour because they’re not going to sound like loud diesel engines running down the street, so they play music as the bus slows to a stop so students and pedestrians and others know the bus is coming.”

Schools in Faribault, St. Paul and Columbia Heights, Morris, Osseo and Fergus Falls are receiving funding for the buses. In total, the eight electric school buses are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,120 tons over their lifetime.