Propane vs. Diesel School Buses
Each day, more than 1 million children across the United States ride to and from school in buses fueled by propane autogas. More than 800 school districts reliably and economically operate propane autogas school buses, including Missouri’s Fort Zumwalt, Kansas City, Neosho and Grain Valley school districts, and others. Those numbers are continuing to grow, as more and more school districts are realizing the many benefits of propane autogas over traditional fuel sources, like diesel fuel.
Propane Autogas Provides a Safer and Healthier Environment than Diesel for Students, Drivers and Technicians
Schools that switch to propane buses are protecting students, drivers and technicians from the dangerous black smoke of diesel exhaust, a known carcinogen (capable of causing cancer) identified by the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency. The shorter height of younger students puts them face-to-face with a black cloud of diesel smoke every school day, and children in wheelchairs are especially vulnerable to inhaling dangerous diesel exhaust. Propane autogas is a clean-burning fuel that can eliminate the dangers of diesel exhaust to provide a healthier environment for students and district staff.
One of the objectives of the EPA Clean Air Standards Act is to dramatically reduce toxic vehicle tailpipe emissions. But, environmental concerns with diesel do not stop at the tailpipe. Diesel is a toxic fuel and will contaminate air, water, and soil resources. Diesel fuel handling, storage, and spillage costs add up over the lifecycle of a vehicle. Unlike diesel, propane is non-toxic and stands above other fuels as a non-contaminant in its natural state, eliminating these costs and negative consequences for our environment.
Propane autogas refueling infrastructure provides a similar but safer experience compared to diesel fuel for operators. Quick connect K-15 nozzles lock securely during refueling, eliminating any possibility of spilling fuel and/or emitting virtually any emissions during the process. With propane autogas, fuel spills are eliminated with a closed loop pressurized fuel system. Hazmat cleanup is never a concern. Furthermore, drivers love propane autogas because they don’t wear the smell of diesel while driving or exiting their vehicles. Compared to diesel, propane autogas is a healthier choice for school districts.
Propane Autogas Provides School Districts Savings to Invest in Teachers and Other Priorities
School districts, private contractors, and company fleets have done their research. Increasingly, they are choosing to invest in propane autogas, a state-of-the-art fuel that reduces operational costs and provides lifetime savings, over traditional fuel sources like diesel fuel.
Propane is a clean-burning, domestic, sustainable and affordable fuel. It is easily transitioned into any fleet, especially centrally-fueled school buses, and it provides substantial savings to school districts and owners. These savings can be applied to necessary investments like purchasing more school buses, employing more teachers, enhancing facilities, and provisioning additional funds for other important resources in our school districts.
Propane Autogas is Fueling our Future
Propane autogas provides a sustainable solution for fleets throughout the United States and is no longer a niche trend, but a legitimate fuel option and can be backed by extensive, fact-based research.
To learn more about how propane autogas can be incorporated in your school district to reduce emissions and save money, and available rebates and incentives for school districts, visit: propanemissouri.com/commercial/schoolbus.