How Propane Buses are Fueling the Future
School buses carry our future every day. It is our responsibility to work towards building the groundwork for the brightest future possible for the children in our communities. That means not only ensuring their health and safety, but also protecting and sustaining our environment. Propane can do that, with propane-powered school buses.
There are many reasons why propane-powered school buses are a great choice for your school district. First, propane costs less than gasoline or diesel. 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. Additionally, propane engines cost less to maintain since they don’t require as much oil, fluid or filters as diesel.
A frequent concern with changing a fuel source is the need to convert or add infrastructure, but the infrastructure required to fuel propane buses is more affordable than you may think. Propane fueling is the least expensive of all fueling infrastructures, for conventional or alternative fuels. Propane autogas providers specialize in helping schools choose the right refueling option for their needs, so they can find an affordable solution. Schools can either purchase the equipment over time or pay nothing when they contract for multi-year fuel supplies. In addition to these perks, the federal government offers rebates and tax incentives to schools that switch to propane-fueled buses to reduce harmful diesel emissions.
In addition to these savings, propane scores highly in the most important category of all: student safety. Diesel exhaust not only aggravates asthma and other respiratory illnesses, but it can put children at risk for other long-term illnesses as well. Diesel exhaust has been classified as a human carcinogen. Propane is much cleaner and safer for use around children. In addition, propane buses run much more quietly than diesel buses, which allows bus drivers to focus on their jobs, and on the children.
The safety doesn’t stop there. Propane buses meet rigorous safety standards, undergoing side and rear impact tests before approval. Propane buses are powered by a closed-loop fuel system, so there is minimal risk of leaks. Additionally, propane buses come equipped with an automatic fuel shut-off in the event of a fuel line rupture. These safety standards were developed with children in mind, in order to provide the safest ride possible to and from school.
On top of all these benefits, 90% of our nation’s propane supply is produced right here in the United States, so converting to propane helps support American jobs and strengthen the economy, both of which help with laying the groundwork for a bright future.
All of these benefits make propane a great choice over traditional and other alternative fuels. With the cost savings that propane brings to schools, more money can be spent on education and other resources for students, further preparing them for a bright future ahead. With 1 million kids and counting, transported every day in propane school buses across the country, propane is the future for our children.