Every year, 30,000 school buses are taken out of commission and replaced with newer models in the United States. In many cases, aging diesel buses are being replaced by alternative fuel options, providing a cleaner and healthier ride to school for students. But while several alternative energy sources can reduce emissions, the cost to do so, and ultimately the impact it can make, is not equal. Take a look at the numbers for propane autogas compared to electric.

Compared to electric school buses, propane autogas accelerates decarbonization up to 2.8 times faster. Not to mention, it’s important to consider the incremental cost of each alternative fuel vehicle compared to an equivalent diesel bus. The incremental cost of a propane autogas vehicle is $6,000, and for electric it’s $250,000. For the same incremental amount of money, fleets could purchase 40 propane autogas buses compared to one electric bus.

With this in mind, school districts from coast-to-coast that have done their homework on propane compared with EV buses are coming to the same solution: propane autogas is the most cost-effective solution to reducing emissions.

Read more about transportation directors’ experiences with selecting propane autogas over electric in this article.