Fueling a Brighter Future
Thousands of districts across the U.S. are adopting propane autogas for proven safety, reduced emissions, a lower cost of ownership, and greater savings—powering peace of mind for transportation officials and parents alike.
The buses operate noticeably quieter than diesel for a safer ride. Plus, all propane autogas school buses meet U.S. FMVSS and Canadian CMVSS Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
LOWER UPFRONT COSTS
Not only do clean propane school buses have a significantly lower purchase price than new electric buses, but the cost to build new autogas fueling stations is also lower than the cost of new grid-powered charging stations. Autogas refueling stations can even be mobile or temporary to accommodate growing districts.
SAVINGS THAT GO FURTHER
Propane autogas delivers the lowest total cost-of-ownership of any bus available, averaging just 63 cents per mile. Districts can apply those savings towards more teachers, classroom supplies, and extracurricular activities.
Propane autogas buses can drive more than twice as far as electric buses — up to 300 miles per 67 gallon tank. And with propane, drivers of propane buses never have to worry about power outages or extreme weather conditions affecting battery life.
With propane autogas buses, students aren't exposed to the emissions from older diesel buses that can aggravate asthma and cause other health issues. In fact, propane buses emit up to 96% less nitrogen oxide than diesel buses.
SMALLER CARBON FOOTPRINT
Since coal and natural gas are still the primary source energies for America’s electric grid, propane autogas buses have a lower average carbon intensity score than electric buses over the lifetime of the vehicle–by more than half!
LESS DOWN TIME TO FUEL
Propane autogas buses use quick-connect nozzles to refuel in about the same time as a diesel or gasoline engine: 5 to 6 minutes. But electric buses can take 6 to 8 hours to fully recharge.
Operators of propane autogas school buses report higher job satisfaction. They enjoy driving a quieter bus, and don't have to bring home the noxious smell of exhaust.
LESS DOWN TIME TO REPAIR
Propane autogas engines are spark-ignited like gasoline engines, meaning less re-training for your fleet mechanics. Plus, replacement parts for propane autogas engines are inexpensive and readily available.