BEST Framework

The BEST (Bus Electrification for School Transportation) framework allows for easy comparison of electric school buses and fossil fuel buses. It automatically produces graphical charts of Total Cost of Ownership and Cumulative Carbon Savings. It also serves as a repository of resources to convince School officials, transportation staff and the voting public about the benefits of electric school buses in a quantified manner.
Click here to download the BEST framework, which is in the form of an Excel spreadsheet.
See the “Intro” tab for instructions on how to use this framework.
Email us if you have any problems or questions or feedback.
Version history:
v1.1 5/23/2021 Initial version, included charger costs and subsidy thereof
v1.2 5/23/2021 Bug fixes, better defaults
v1.3 5/24/2021 Added data validation and locking of sheets + option to show tax levy per household
v1.4 5/25/2021 Fixed bugs, improved documentation
v1.5 6/5/2021 Allowed fuel and maintenance costs to be per mile or per year; added “Release notes” tab; removed 19% discount for NY electricity carbon
v1.6 6/20/2021 Added support for inflation and Net Present Value calculations
v1.7 7/22/2021 Added support for Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) annual revenue
v1.8 3/18/2022 Fixed bug in V2G calculations in the per-household cost display option
v1.9 9/7/2022 Updated resources; added WRI reference; updated pointer to State OGS E-bus buying page

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