Six South Dakota school districts received Department of Environment & Natural Resources funding to purchase emissions-reducing propane autogas school buses. The districts chose propane buses because they emit fewer greenhouse gases, smog-producing hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides compared with the diesel buses replaced, and propane operating costs are significantly lower. “Our Blue Bird propane buses have cut our costs in half. On average, our diesel buses cost $5,000 per year to run, while our propane buses are only $2,500,” says Lance Gerry, fleet manager for Harrisburg School District.
Six South Dakota school districts received Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) funding to purchase emissions-reducing propane autogas school buses. Studies have shown that propane buses emit fewer greenhouse gases, smog-producing hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides compared with the diesel buses.
03.29.2021 — Six South Dakota school districts received Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) funding to purchase emissions-reducing propane autogas school buses. The districts chose Blue Bird Vision Propane buses because they emit fewer greenhouse gases, smog-producing hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides compared with the diesel buses replaced, and propane operating costs are significantly lower.
In 2008, HVAC company Gibson’s Heating & Plumbing decided to convert its fleet to bi-fuel vehicles, operating on both propane and gasoline. While the Indiana-based company enjoyed lower operational costs and a reliable fuel system, more maintenance was required to manage the vehicles, prompting the company to look into propane-only options. “Our service vehicles are out on the road all day, every day. We need them to be dependable,” says Mark Gibson, president of Gibson’s Heating & Plumbing.
No doubt, the last 12 months have been unprecedented for everyone, both personally and professionally. Despite the challenges, it gave us a chance to pause and reassess our strategy and technology roadmap with a focus of helping our customers and partners bridge the gap from diesel to something more environmentally and economically friendly.
Micro Bird’s Type A propane school bus has received certification from California’s air quality agency. The manufacturer’s G5 Type A school bus, equipped with Roush CleanTech’s Gen 5 propane fuel system, is reportedly the first Type A propane vehicle to be certified to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) optional low nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions standard of 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr), according to a news release from Micro Bird and Roush CleanTech. The certification reportedly makes the G5 Type A school bus 75% cleaner than federal U.S. emission standards.
In a statement released Monday, Micro Bird claims to be the first to bring to market a Type A propane autogas school bus with low nitrogen oxides. The company’s G5 Type A bus equipped with ROUSH CleanTech’s Gen 5 propane fuel system is certified to California Air Resources Board’s optional low nitrogen oxide emissions standard of 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr), making it 75% cleaner than federal U.S. emission standards. Type A buses, made of a bus body constructed on a cutaway front-section vehicle, usually carry nine to 36 students.
Our Service Network Grows to 700+
With about 100 more service centers in the past year, ROUSH CleanTech’s service network has seen significant growth. We now have more than 700 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Our network is made up of Ford dealers, independent service centers, Blue Bird dealers and mobile repair technicians. We are constantly evaluating and adding new locations.
Not every Ford dealer or independent service center is familiar with our alternative fuel system technology. Training is required to safely and efficiently repair our products. We only bring on service centers once they are familiar with our product and are trained and ready to work on propane autogas vehicles, compressed natural gas or gasoline school buses.
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We maintain our list of authorized service center locations on our website. You can filter the list by location, distance, service center type and fuel type. Our service locator can filter by location, distance, service center type and fuel type.
If you have a vehicle that needs service, go to ROUSHcleantech.com/service and search the locator first before taking a vehicle to a repair facility.
We also suggest contacting the service center directly prior to taking your vehicle in — just in case their status has changed.
We work with all of our customers to make sure your vehicles are covered by a service location. If you have a recommendation for a new location or a specific service center, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details. We will follow up and reach out to the service center.
The Wilson School District celebrated the arrival of seven new propane-powered bus last month with plans to convert its entire 63-vehicle fleet in the coming years. Randy S. Williams, the district’s transportation director, says that the new buses will cost about 13 cents per mile to operate, compared to 20 cents per mile for diesel. Williams also notes the propane-powered buses generate far less pollution than diesel, quieter, and are more efficient to maintain.