Trends in Propane

Available Funding for Propane School Bus Purchases

School administrators throughout Missouri and across the country are making a change to benefit their students, their school districts and the environment. They are switching to propane-powered buses to save money, reduce emissions and protect student health.

The benefits of propane over diesel fuel are numerous, as shown in several case studies from school districts around the country. Currently, more than 900 school districts transport more than 1 million kids to and from school every day. Your district can be a part of this movement by taking advantage of funding provided through the state’s Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund.

school bus

The state of Missouri will receive $42 million from the Volkswagen emissions settlement to fund transportation projects that reduce NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions. Your school district can utilize money from this settlement to integrate propane buses into your current fleet.

Get to know propane, and see how propane buses could positively impact your district.

  • Lower overall operating costs. Propane costs less than diesel, and doesn’t require as much oil, fluids, or filters, which also reduces maintenance costs. Compared with the cleanest diesel bus on the market, propane autogas is 93 percent more cost-effective, costing only $0.19 per mile compared with diesel at $0.80 per mile.
  • Cleaner fuel. Propane buses cut 96 percent more NOx emissions compared with clean diesel buses. Diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen, so using propane is safer for the students traveling in buses and the environment.
  • Quieter engines. Propane engines are much quieter than diesel engines, creating a safer environment and making it easier for bus drivers to focus on their jobs.
  • Winter-proof operation. Propane engines do not need much time to warm up in the winter, so even on the coldest Missouri mornings, the buses will start up just like usual and begin producing heat to keep passengers comfortable. This will reduce the cost of extra staff time needed to pre-warm diesel buses and the expense for auxiliary heat for students. The cold-start reliability of propane buses reduces the chance of school cancellations from diesel buses not starting in severe winter weather.
  • Affordable infrastructure. School districts can choose private, on-site refueling infrastructure, scaled for their needs, or take advantage of existing public or private refueling networks.

In Missouri, Fort Zumwalt and Neosho school districts have integrated propane buses into their fleets. They have both seen significant savings on transportation costs, and have heard positive feedback from bus drivers and maintenance workers.

With the savings that come with propane, your school can put more money into what matters most—the education and growth of students. Consider taking advantage of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund to integrate propane buses into your school district and experience the benefits firsthand.
Learn more about Propane Autogas School Buses.