We agree with the editorial board that the price of inaction with regard to a warming climate could be dire. But we also believe there is a more cost-effective way to address this issue than electric school buses – and that answer is propane.
Maryland-based ThompsonGas increased its fleet of 127 propane vehicles by adding 10 new 2022 Ford F-750 trucks equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane systems. ThompsonGas has focused efforts to operate more propane vehicles due to its commitment to being innovators in the industry, along with access to OEM equipment technology. The propane supplier will continue adding more propane vehicles to its fleet each year. ThompsonGas’ new trucks will be used to deliver propane fuel to customers.
04.20.22 — Maryland-based ThompsonGas increased its fleet of 127 propane vehicles by adding 10 new 2022 Ford F-750 trucks equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane systems.
With the federal Clean School Bus Program making available $2.5 billion for electric buses and $2.5 billion for alternative fuels including propane and renewable fuels over a five-year span, districts are increasingly weighing their options and looking at the preparation, planning and infrastructure work needed to add alternative vehicles to their fleet.
Propane advocates have two new benefits they can promote to those who want to transition to cleaner school buses: a new source of funding and a new certification for an already successful propane engine. The new certification was announced by ROUSH CleanTech in January.
As the number of propane trucks and buses increases, a “new” yet similar fuel that reaches near-zero emissions is coming into play — renewable propane. While propane has been utilized for transportation around the world for over 100 years there is growing interest in renewable propane due to its near-zero emissions levels, reduced greenhouse gases, and ability to help meet growing demand for cleaner products.
When fuel prices rise, the phone usually rings. That’s when Steve Whaley listens to the voice on the other end of the call inquiring about ways to lower vehicle fuel costs. “There’s always a renewed interest from folks who are trying to keep vehicles on the road within a budget that had already been set for them,” he says. “They’re scrambling for relief, so they go back through their Rolodex [and remember], ‘He told me he can save me money on fuel.’”