Fleet managers and owners often tout the tangible benefits associated with propane autogas vehicles, including lower-cost fuel and reduced maintenance. But there are additional advantages to propane autogas that, while they may be more difficult for a fleet manager to quantify, play a role in the success of the fleet’s operation and the business’s success overall.
Propane autogas fleets provide a better driver experience by offering a quiet, clean environment in which to work. This can lead to a higher driver satisfaction and, therefore, better retention rate, as witnessed recently by the Tuscaloosa (Alabama) City Schools.
A quieter vehicle is important for school bus drivers, who are tasked with safely transporting students to and from school safely each day. A quieter bus allows drivers to hear what is going on inside and outside their vehicles with more clarity. Hear the difference for yourself with a side-by-side comparison of propane autogas and diesel buses.
In addition to the quiet operation, propane autogas school bus drivers don’t have to work all day around smelly gasoline and diesel fuel, which can negatively affect driver retention levels, too. Aside from an odorant placed in propane autogas to detect leaks, the fuel has no smell, and it won’t spill onto clothing or shoes, a complaint heard from drivers of diesel and gasoline buses.
Operating a propane autogas fleet can help position the company as a “green” or “clean” choice in the community to help attract new customers. Propane autogas produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than other fuels, so drivers feel a sense of pride in driving or repairing a vehicle using an alternative fuel and working for a company that values improving the environment.