In an effort to reduce its environmental footprint, the Park City School District recently purchased two propane school buses. The buses, which arrived in Park City last week, are in service, transporting students to and from Trailside Elementary School, Ecker Hill Middle School, Treasure Mountain Junior High and Park City High School. They replaced two diesel buses in the district’s fleet.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded Colonial Airport Parking an Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) for $66,000 that will cover 100% of the LPG (Liquid Propane Gas) conversions for four shuttle buses. With the addition of the new shuttle buses, Colonial’s fleet will be 100% propane powered by March 2019.
Volkswagen Update: December 2018
More states have closed funding opportunities. Currently, 37 states have published funding opportunities representing $361.2 million — with $102.8 million of that exclusively allocated for school bus replacement. Make sure you are aware of your state’s status.
As of December 2018:
Thirty seven states have final plans:
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana ,North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Nine states have draft plans:
Alaska, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota and Vermont.
Six states are still developing their plans and are accepting comments:
Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and West Virginia.
Please contact Chelsea Jenkins at Chelsea.Jenkins@roush.com to discuss how best to approach and plan for the next phase of VW Settlement (and other funding) opportunities in your state.
Visit www.roushcleantech.com/volkswagen-settlement for more information.
2019 Model Year Engines EPA and CARB Certified
Our engines are set for the new year! We recently received Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certifications for our 2019 model year propane engines.
The EPA and CARB certifications are applicable in all 50 states and cover our propane-powered 6.8L V10 engine used in the Vision school bus. Although we are still building 2018 model year engines, this certification helps ensure a smooth transition from MY18 to MY19 propane engines.
These are no different from this year’s certifications. The MY19 engine has been certified to 0.05 g/bhp-hr NOx (low NOx), which comes standard on the Vision. And, it has also been certified to 0.02 g/bhp-hr NOx (ultra-low NOx), which is available as an orderable option for an additional fee.
Both certifications meet CARB’s optional low-NOx emissions standards!
You can find copies of the certifications online here.
Dealer Spotlight: North Central Bus Sales
Dealer: North Central Bus Sales
Last month, we hosted what we’ve been calling ‘Region Rally’s’ with Minnesota’s North Central Bus Sales to focus on alternative-fuel school bus sales. The goal of each Region Rally is to get the entire sales teams together from the dealer, ROUSH CleanTech and Blue Bird to work together on a few days of training and sales calls.
The rally began at North Centrals’ St. Cloud facility with a daylong training course discussing the different school bus fuel options. For the next two days, we divided into teams — with one person from each company— to make sales calls.
The teams drove propane demo buses to visit almost 20 customer locations. Customers had the opportunity to take test drives and ask questions about the propane school bus.
It was a very successful event with potential new propane customers in the works.
Thank you to the North Central Bus Sales team for participating in the rally!
If you are interested in an event like this, please contact Ryan Zic at Ryan.Zic@roush.com
Let’s Connect with Our Telematics Program
As many of you have now heard, ROUSH CleanTech is conducting a pilot telematics program to monitor real-time diagnostics. We are deploying devices on a total of 500 propane buses and 100 gasoline buses. All of the gasoline units have been assigned to customers, but we still need approximately 250 more propane buses to participate.
Have a customer in mind? The two requirements are that the customer’s bus must be equipped with a 2018 model year or newer Ford 6.8L engine, and also must not use another telematics technology (Synovia, Zonar, etc).
All your customer needs to do to participate is to sign our simple data privacy agreement and have our free, small cellular device installed into their bus’s OBD-II port.
Once the device is installed, we will be able to:
- Know when active diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) are set
- Collect basic geo-location data when the bus is keyed-off
We will then monitor and ask the following questions:
- Is the vehicle sitting at a service center with no open case?
- Should we open a case for the diagnostic trouble code that just set?
- Can we diagnose / condemn the part without additional diagnostic information from the service center?
- Can we predict a component will fail before it does?
By gathering this information, we are hoping to demonstrate a measurable reduction in your customers’ vehicle down-time. Assuming our pilot is successful, we will look at further capabilities of this technology in helping to predict failures before they occur.
If you have a customer who you think would be interested in participating, please contact your ROUSH CleanTech sales representative.
Leander Independent School District in Leander, Texas, added 24 propane-powered school buses to its fleet with the help of grants from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). “The impact of our school bus fleet on the environment is a big concern because many of our community members live in an environmentally sensitive area,” says Ann Hatton, director of transportation for Leander Independent School District. “They appreciate that our school district is adopting a cleaner transportation option in propane.”
The VW Settlement funds are like a giant gift to fleet managers interested in alternative fuel vehicles. Unfortunately, in some ways, this gift is like a complicated toy that’s labeled “some assembly required.”
With the holidays upon us, it’s hard to believe that we are ready to put a bow on 2018. It’s been quite a year of unpredictability — from extreme weather to fluctuating fuel prices to divisive politics. One issue that should get no argument is our nation’s investment in education. I believe we must continue to focus our attention toward educating our future leaders in order to maintain our leadership position as a country.
Students at Leander Independent School District will be riding to school in new Blue Bird Vision Propane buses this month, thanks to grants from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The 24 new buses are equipped with Ford’s 6.8L V10 engine and ROUSH CleanTech’s propane fuel system, which are EPA- and California Air Resources Board-certified. The best-selling propane school bus in North America is also the cleanest.