Propane autogas saves school districts money, so they can afford more of what impacts students the most.
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.
How Refueling Installation Works
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Proven Cold Weather Performance
Decades of Benefits
Great for the District and Kids
No More Black Smoke
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What's great about the propane exhaust is there is no detectable odor, there's no visible exhaust. Peter Crossan, Fleet and Compliance Manager, Boston Public Schools
It was a pleasure to be on that bus. It's easy to drive, it's very quiet, and in the winter time it's nice and warm. Pat Groll, Bus Driver/Trainer, Metropolitan School District of Warren Township
How to Get Started with Propane
Research refueling options
Your school district could have its own on-site refueling station, or take advantage of many other refueling solutions. Your propane supplier will help you decide what’s right for your situation. In the meantime, read up on propane autogas refueling options.
Find a propane supplier
Enter your zip code to find a nearby propane supplier. Do a little upfront research to see if they have experience serving school districts. Your propane supplier will help figure out which refueling solution is best for your district.
Consider state programs and incentives
Your district may be eligible to save more using federal and state-based incentive programs.
Enter your zip code to find a propane supplier
If you’re wondering, “Where can I find a propane supplier near me?” then you’ve come to the right place. Propane is the energy for everyone, and your local propane supplier can help you assess your energy needs for your home or business. They can also answer any questions about what makes propane so affordable, reliable, and versatile. Enter your zip code to find suppliers near you.
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Where can I buy propane appliances?
Propane.com offers shopping guides for grills and patio heaters or contact your local propane supplier for suggestions nearby. Some propane suppliers offer appliance showrooms featuring everything from space and water heaters to kitchen appliances and fireplaces.
What do I do when my portable propane tank is empty?
When the propane tank you use for grilling or other outdoor appliances is empty, drop it off and purchase a full tank at one of thousands of tank exchanges nationwide. You’ll find them everywhere from hardware and rental stores to grocers, convenience stores, and gas stations. In addition, there are many propane cylinder refilling locations available across the country. Contact your local propane supplier for more information on refilling or exchanging cylinders.
Where can I find someone to service my propane appliances?
Your local propane supplier is an excellent source of information for things like propane appliance servicing and repairs. Contact them with your questions about servicing, repairing, or replacing propane appliances.