What We Do
Eyes Toward The Future
Highland Electric Transportation provides each school district with a customized, budget-neutral, turnkey solution to electrify their school bus fleet. For an annual contract price, Highland provides districts with everything they need to run zero-emission school buses, including the vehicles, charging infrastructure, managed charging, and reimbursement for unexpected maintenance. Most importantly, we work closely with our customers who have a demonstrated appetite to electrify their school bus fleets and develop a comprehensive plan to specifically tailored to accommodate their growth by covering the infrastructure that will support expansive needs, which typically is a “hidden” cost that ranges from 15-30% of total cost. District personnel continue to dispatch and operate vehicles as they would with a diesel fleet, and undergo a comprehensive training on operation and maintenance. All functions previously performed by district personnel are still completed internally, which Highland handles all of the complexities of electric fleet deployment, such as the infrastructure upgrades required at bus depots, including engineering, permitting, civil, electrical, and general contracting work. Highland guarantees charge-readiness for every vehicle at the beginning of its route.
We at Highland developed our budget neutral and turnkey solution in order to eliminate diesel from student transportation as quickly as possible. The negative health impacts of diesel emissions on students and communities are well documented and deeply concerning. Research has connected worsened asthma, increased absenteeism, and decreased test scores all with diesel fumes. Public school districts have finite funding, time, and energy, and they shouldn’t have to wait for sporadic grants, or redirecting funding from education, to improve their student’s health. Highland’s aims to eliminate the barriers to better student health and a cleaner environment, today.
Our Industry Acronyms
It’s an acronym-laden industry. Here’s a cheat sheet to help you better explore the topic!
EVSB- Electric vehicle school bus
kWh- Kilowatt-hours- a unit used to measure electricity, often used to describe the amount of energy a battery can hold.
kW – Kilowatt- the rate of movement of electricity, often used to describe the speed of a charger.
kWh/Mile- Kilowatt hour per mile, a measure of efficiency similar to miles-per-gallon.
DER- Distributed energy resource, electricity storage used to support grid generation and services, often in the form of batteries.
V2G- Vehicle-to-grid, where a bus battery is able to supply energy back to the broader electrical grid.
V2B- Vehicle-to-building, where a bus battery is able to supply energy directly to a building, either to reduce load or to provide resiliency in a power outage.
ICE- Internal combustion engine, a term used to refer to conventional cars and buses that burn gas or diesel fuel.
TOC-Total cost of ownership, a measure of the total cost to own and operate a vehicle for the duration of its operating life. Highland ensures EVSB TOC is equal or less than diesel TOC.
IOU-Investor-owned utility, a privately owned company responsible for distribution, transmission, and sometimes generation of electricity. Usually they have large service areas.
POU-Publicly-owned utility, a non-profit public entity responsible for distribution and transmission of electricity, usually with smaller service areas.
CCA-Community Choice Aggregation, where a municipality uses another electricity generator than the one provided by their transmission and distribution utility.
ISO-Independent system operator, a regional nonprofit that coordinates and monitors electricity operations, often across several states.