A group of Los Olivos Elementary students on a ride of a lifetime rolled through downtown Monday aboard the district's new electric school bus that made a special — but temporary — stop on campus ahead of its permanent arrival in 2023.

The school, which became the first district in the nation to own a 100% zero-emission school bus fleet after purchasing a Type A electric school bus from vehicle manufacturer BYD, was given the afternoon to test drive their new vehicle — and invite a few neighbors to come along.

Michelle de Werd, Santa Barbara County Board of Education District 4 representative, joined in on the excitement.

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Students at Los Olivos Elementary School get a preview of a new electric bus coming to the Santa Ynez Valley school next year.

Lisa André covers lifestyle and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record, editions of the Santa Maria Times.

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