Propane-powered school buses up by 10% in U.S.

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has revealed there are 12,000 propane powered school buses on the road in the U.S. – an increase of approximately 10%.

The organisation also claimed that propane autogas buses now make up more than 45% of all non-diesel school buses used for student transportation.

Michael Taylor, PERC director of autogas business development, told NGT News: “First-time adopters of propane autogas school buses are converting entire fleets after they see for themselves the advantages propane can offer everyone involved, from the transportation directors, to the bus drivers, to the students riding the propane buses.

“We expect more districts to turn to propane throughout 2017 and beyond as transportation directors learn of the lower total cost of ownership, cleaner and quieter operation, and better maintenance experience that a propane autogas bus fleet can offer a district.2

PERC added that the new data shows that six states – California, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin – each have more than 500 propane autogas buses in operation within their borders. Texas, with 2,600 buses in operation throughout the state, operates more than 20% of all propane autogas buses in the country.

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