Electric buses were a natural fit for Red Lake Schools, which takes pride in a host of environmental initiatives, said Superintendent Tim Lutz.
"We should be leading the way with sustainability, especially when we're in ... a Native nation like Red Lake where they are very concerned about the Earth and the future," Lutz said.
But there were a few hurdles to clear for the district in rural northern Minnesota, including the cost: An electric bus is far more expensive than a gas-powered one. The complexity of charging logistics and limited infrastructure is another reason there are only 10 electric school buses in the state. Similar problems have put Minnesota behind in electric vehicle adoption as a whole.
Red Lake won $790,000 in federal grant money for its two new e-buses.