ROUSH CleanTech Case Studies for School Districts Operating Propane Autogas Buses

The Total Cost of Ownership for Propane School Buses

School transportation departments across the nation must work within tight budgets and evaluate bus choices based on total ownership costs. About 850 school districts across the U.S. and Canada operate Blue Bird propane school buses. Districts discuss how whether it’s for a few dozen or a couple hundred, propane school buses make financial sense.

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Propane School Buses Reduce Transportation Department Maintenance Costs

As district transportation departments across the nation work within tight budgets, many turn to buses operating on alternative fuels. School buses fueled by propane autogas have an incremental cost of about $8,000 more than diesel. Testimonials from four school district transportation directors demonstrate that this incremental cost is quickly recouped through lower maintenance expenses.

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Propane School Buses Perform Economically in Below Zero Temperatures

Cold weather should not be an operational barrier when it comes to school bus transportation. The Blue Bird Vision Propane school bus equipped with a ROUSH CleanTech fuel system alleviates cold-weather start problems with its propane technology. Testimonials from school district transportation directors demonstrate that, in cold-weather conditions, buses fueled by propane autogas start and operate better than their diesel-fueled counterparts, where the fuel may gel at extremely cold temperatures.

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Texas School District Operates Propane School Buses for Over a Decade

Over the past 10 years, Leander ISD near Austin, Texas, integrated propane school buses into its fleet to its current number of 117. About 30 percent of the total fleet runs on propane autogas, with a plan to convert to 60 percent in the next five years. The school district’s 24 newest Blue Bird Vision Propane buses are equipped with ROUSH CleanTech’s ultra-low NOx engines.

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