As a transportation manager, you have the power to save more funds for what counts — programs and other resources that directly benefit students. Unlike diesel buses, propane autogas avoids the “hidden costs” over time that can drain a budget. Read the Propane Autogas School Bus Brochure »
FUEL — Historically, the price of propane falls between the price of crude oil and natural gas. As a result, propane consistently costs less than diesel, even as fuel prices fluctuate.
FLUIDS — Diesel buses need more oil by volume compared with propane autogas, increasing preventative maintenance costs. In cold temperatures, diesel vehicles also require fuel conditioners (also known as “anti-gelling agents”) to prevent clogging of fuel filters and lines.
FILTERS — Fluids and filters are added expenses with today's low-emissions diesel technology. To meet emissions requirements, diesel particulate filters (DPF) must also be cleaned periodically, causing extra downtime and added maintenance expense.
REPAIRS — Even with a disciplined maintenance program in place, transportation directors may find that expensive repairs and replacement parts for diesel buses drain funds one problem at a time. Injectors, exhaust gas recirculation valves and coolers, turbochargers, dirty after coolers, and irregular closed crankcase filters are just a few of the additional expenses associated with diesel. The likelihood of downtime for repairs is even greater considering the complexity after-treatment systems add to a diesel engine.
Diesel buses are designed for minimal idling, which should not exceed five minutes at a time. Excessive idling only piles on the maintenance and repairs for diesel buses — not to mention the downtime for every fix. Download the Maintenance Facility Brochure »
Savings on Infrastructure
Propane autogas also lowers your total cost-of-ownership with budget-friendly, scalable infrastructure. Your propane retailer specializes in helping fleets choose the right refueling option for their operation. The best infrastructure depends on a fleet’s size, routes, budget, and facilities. Propane autogas infrastructure uses the same pump and motor to a handle a growing number of tanks and dispensers — allowing infrastructure to grow as a school adds buses. Learn about refueling options »
- Video: Hear from a school district saving $1.3 million a year. Watch »
- Download the Reducing Maintenance Time with Propane White Paper. Read now »
- Read the School Bus Maintenance Case Study. Download now »
The manufacturer you already trust for conventionally fueled buses also produces Type A and Type C propane autogas models.
- Blue Bird Type A Micro Bird and Type C Vision in partnership with Ford and Roush CleanTech.
- Collins Type A NexBus in partnership with General Motors and CleanFuel USA.
- IC Bus CE Series school bus powered by the Power Solutions International LP propane engine.
- Thomas Built Type A Minotaur in partnership with General Motors and CleanFuel USA and Type C Saf-T-Liner in partnership with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., Powertrain Integration, and CleanFuel USA.
Hear the Difference
Propane autogas buses operate noticeably quieter than conventional buses, which allows the driver to better concentrate on passengers and on the road — increasing safety for everyone. Hear the difference for yourself — take the School Bus Noise Quiz »
- Hear about propane autogas’ superior winter operation. Watch »
- Get the Propane in Pupil Transportation White Paper. Read now »
- Download the school bus one sheet. Download »
Schools that use propane autogas buses are proud to reduce harmful emissions around students. The World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency have identified diesel engine exhaust as a carcinogen, which can cause short- and long-term health effects.