We have just announced the winners:

The Richland 1, Richland 2, Richland 5, and Greenville districts!

These districts sent in the most essays and seemed to have the most USE of these buses planned! Thank you so much to all who entered!
I can only afford to give 3 buses myself, with a fourth given by Daimler, but more electric buses with their quiet, clean ride are clearly in our future!

Austin Meyer, through the Ava Lane Meyer foundation, is giving away three electric school buses and chargers to schools in South Carolina.

As well, Daimler is adding a fourth bus to the give-away.

If you are a teacher, student, or classroom in public school South Carolina that would like to have a free electric school bus and charger for your school, then send us an essay indicating why you would like to have an electric school bus, and how many miles you would use the bus each day. Include daily routes, field trips, and any other use cases you have in mind. Based on the essays and use-cases for each school, we’ll pick four schools, each to get a free bus and charger. This will reduce noise, pollution, and health damage from particulate matter emitted by fossil-fuel burning vehicles… and show the state of South Carolina that ALL of our buses can be electric in the near future! (We may place winning essays on this site!)

Send entries to:

The Ava Lane Meyer Foundation

5001 Radcliffe Road

Columbia, SC, 29206

Entries can be short or long, fun or technical, and done by any age group that rides the bus! Artistic students please include drawings.. those are always fun for a presentation! We may show those essays and drawings when we choose the winner! We’ll select four school districts, each to get a free electric bus and charger. The buses we are giving will be the new, state of the art, 135-mile range, Proterra drive-train-equipped, Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 “Jouley” electric school buses.

NOTE : The first two buses have just been completed, and we’ll announce the school districts getting them shortly!

If you would like your district to get one of the next two buses, then get your application in by March 1, 2022!

See the Thomas brochure HERE and Proterra brochure HERE.

Click here for a page that outlines many of the reasons that I, Austin Meyer, believe that this particular project is important.

NOTE FOR EVERYONE: Congress recently approved $5 billion dollars to support the purchase of electric and cleaner school buses… that’s enough funding to replace about 15,000 old polluting buses (3% of the National fleet) to electric. I, Austin Meyer, can only afford to fund four electric buses for South Carolina’s school children, but the Federal Government is providing enough funding to purchase about 15,000 nationally.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WILL BE ADMINISTERING THE CLEAN SCHOOL BUS PROGRAM and information about how school districts, state governments, contractors, and other eligible entities will be posted here soon: