WASHINGTON (May 9, 2019) – The Propane Education & Research Council launched a new resource center that will provide school transportation professionals with in-depth information about propane autogas school buses and a curated state-by-state map with details regarding how to identify and apply for Volkswagen settlement funds.

With the resources provided in the Volkswagen Trust Resource Center, school transportation professionals will learn more about the benefits of propane autogas, how to accurately evaluate  NOx reductions and how to calculate the total cost savings for propane autogas.

Propane autogas school buses reduce NOx emissions by up to 96 percent compared to model year equivalent diesel school buses. Plus, propane autogas is 93 percent more cost-effective than clean diesel and 66 percent more cost-effective than electric, providing school bus fleet owners with the lowest total cost-of-ownership of any fuel.

The resource center also includes an interactive map where school transportation professionals can research their state mitigation plan, identify potential funding opportunities and learn how to apply for VW settlement funds. Many states have finalized their mitigation plans and are actively accepting funding applications for new school buses which could be powered by propane autogas.

“Over 900 school districts nationwide are realizing tremendous value with their propane autogas school buses, thanks to the lowest total cost-of-ownership and reliable, clean operation,” said Michael Taylor, director of autogas business development at PERC. “We encourage school transportation professionals to visit our resource center to see for themselves why propane autogas is the right choice for their fleet and how to start the VW application process.”

Based on the most recent data from PERC, since 2012, propane autogas school bus registrations have increased by more than 700 percent, with more than 17,000 propane autogas school buses on the road nationwide. Over one million students in 47 states are safely transported to school and home every day aboard propane autogas school buses.

For more information about purchasing propane autogas school buses with VW settlement funds, visit Propane.com/Volkswagen-Trust-Resource-Center/.


 About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit Propane.com.

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