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Lower total cost-of-ownership. A complete selection of quieter, safe buses from every leading brand. Infrastructure that fits the budget. Propane autogas buses are proven to meet the needs for school districts — all without requiring costly facilities updates.
LOWEST TOTAL COST-OF-OWNERSHIP
Transportation directors interested in long-term savings need to think beyond the pump. Compared with diesel, propane autogas provides a fast return on investment by avoiding these “hidden costs” over a bus’s lifetime.
- Fuel. Propane autogas consistently costs less than diesel, even as fuel prices fluctuate.
- Fluids. Diesel buses need more oil by volume compared with propane autogas, increasing preventative maintenance costs. Diesel buses also require fuel conditioners to prevent clogging of fuel filters and lines.
- Filters. Diesel particulate filters are an added expense with diesel buses. The filters must be cleaned periodically to meet emissions requirements, causing extra downtime and maintenance costs.
The likelihood of downtime for repairs is even greater considering the complexity that after-treatment systems add to a diesel engine.
BUSES FROM YOUR PREFERRED MANUFACTURER
Good news: The manufacturer you already know for conventionally-fueled buses also produces Type A and Type C propane autogas models.
- Blue Bird Type A Micro Bird and Type C Vision.
- Collins Type A NexBus.
- IC Bus CE Series school bus.
- Thomas Built Type A Minotaur and Type C Saf-T-Liner.
CLEANER FUEL. HAPPIER DRIVERS.
Propane autogas is non-toxic and does not contaminate soil or groundwater. Because the fuel turns to vapor when released, it cannot be spilled — avoiding any potential hazmat cleanup after refueling, handling, or storage.
In a time when driver retention presents a major challenge for districts, propane autogas keeps drivers happier. Unlike gasoline and diesel, there’s no lingering scent from the propane autogas to bother drivers during and after work.
SCALABLE INFRASTRUCTURE OPTIONS
Propane autogas providers specialize in helping fleets choose the right refueling option for their operation. The best refueling option depends on a fleet’s size, routes, budget, and facilities. Propane autogas infrastructure uses the same pump and motor to handle a growing number of tanks and dispensers — allowing infrastructure to grow as a school adds buses.
Because propane autogas is provided by your local retailer, operating a fleet on propane autogas is convenient and portable. It’s the only fuel that goes where other fuels can’t.
NO NEED TO MODIFY FACILITIES
Switching to propane autogas buses does not require school districts to modify their garage or repair facilities. Propane autogas ventilation requirements, gas detection equipment, and electrical requirements are the same as those for gasoline and diesel buses.
Always contact the local Authority Having Jurisdiction for applicable codes regarding the building or modifying of a propane autogas vehicle repair or maintenance facility.