Propane Autogas School Buses Win Awards, Earn A’s

images_blue_bird_vision1Did you hear that the National Association of Fleet Administrators gave the Houston Independent School District its 2013 Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability award for its great work with propane autogas school buses?

Houston began operating 27 propane autogas school buses in 2011, and then added another 58 autogas buses and 27 autogas-fueled vans to its fleet, according to School Transportation News.

The award is the latest for the district’s transportation department, which had been named to the Top 40 Green Fleets and Top 100 Government Fleets in both 2011 and 2012. Congrats HISD, the largest school district in Texas.

Educators nationwide are looking at the facts and making a great decision. School buses fueled with propane autogas produce 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, 60 percent less carbon dioxide, and 18 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions. These buses have the same horsepower and torque as traditionally fueled buses.

PROPANE-labeled-collinsAnd the dollar savings make sense. Did you see this one? Fleets & Fuels reports that an Indiana school district is saving more than $10,000 on fuel costs one year after it began using just five propane autogas buses.

And there’s lots more going on with school buses. BPN magazine put out a solid story on the market with insight from Michael Taylor, director of autogas business development with the Propane Education & Research Council.

Word is Georgia-based manufacturer Blue Bird is on its way to sell more than 3,000 propane autogas buses this year. And on June 6 Blue Bird will sponsor the first ever propane autogas Road-eo in Kathleen, Ga., with more than 100 school bus drivers from the state set to compete.

The numbers are rolling in and it’s becoming clear that propane autogas is, or will soon be, the top alternative fuel for school buses.

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