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Propane School Buses: Why They Make Sense

Posted: May 11, 2020

As a company that has long been committed to doing right by our environment, we’re proud that more of our service and delivery vehicles run on clean-burning propane autogas than ever before.

But we have not stopped with our fleet. This has been extended to propane school bus fleets, to name just one example. We set up a propane autogas fuel station for the Bristol Township School District. Its entire bus fleet relies on propane autogas, with an annual volume of 225,000 gallons.

In addition to Bristol, we deliver propane autogas to the Haverford Township School District, the Radnor Township School District, the Norristown Area School District, the Phoenixville Area School District and Temple University.

Propane-powered vehicles produce lower emissions than gasoline vehicles, including 20% less carbon monoxide, 40% less nitrogen oxides and 10% less carbon dioxide.

Study shows propane vehicles lower nitrogen oxides

According to a recent study by West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, propane autogas is a proven way to dramatically decrease emissions of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx).*

Exposure to NOx exhaust can trigger health problems like asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory issues. The primary source of NOx is motor vehicles—including school buses.**
The more propane-powered vehicles and their clean-burning propane motors replace old, pollution-belching diesel-powered buses, the fewer NOx emissions our children will inhale.

According to the study, the findings are significant because NOx represents one of the biggest challenges to air quality in the United States. This toxic gas is a major concern for many areas in our country.

According the U.S. Energy Department’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, approximately 55 percent of manmade NOX emissions come from motor vehicles like school buses.

Propane fleets offer cost savings too

School districts have also gained enormous fuel savings by using propane autogas instead of more expensive diesel fuel. In terms of fuel and maintenance costs, schools can expect to save an average of $3,000 to $5,000 per bus.

The Propane Education and Research Council estimates that if all older, dirtier diesel school buses across the United States switched over to clean-burning propane-fueled buses, the savings would be enough to cover the hiring of 23,000 teachers.

If you interested in cutting costs by using propane-powered vehicles for your school buses or other fleets, please reach out to us. We can set you up with a secure storage container and put you on a delivery schedule to suit your needs. We’ll deliver to your business so you can on the road faster.

Read more about propane autogas, and then contact us.

*Source: https://cdn.propane.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/WVU-School-Bus-Emissions-Final-Report-June-2019.pdf.

**Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.