Texas schools upgrade to greener, cleaner Autogas buses
Schools across the US are turning to greener, cleaner LPG to power their buses according to the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT), who attended the Texas Association of Pupil Transportation (TAPT) Expo & Conference earlier this month.
The exhibition, which connected 750 school transportation officials to educate them on the growing popularity of Autogas school buses revealed that 840 school districts in 48 states, including Texas have recently upgraded to these greener, cleaner LPG vehicles.
In Texas alone there are more than 2,870 LPG school buses on the road, with a staggering 15,000 Autogas school buses on the country’s roads in total, which transport nearly 1million students daily.
Low NOx Autogas school buses offer a greener, cleaner alternative to modern diesel buses. They produce significantly fewer emissions and are up to 75% cleaner than the current emissions standard.
School districts are both reducing fuel costs and maintenance expenses by switching to Autogas buses. At the conference it was announced that LPG-powered buses are saving schools up to 50% on fuel costs in comparison to diesel and are requiring less frequent maintenance.
As the incremental cost of a new diesel school bus and a new Autogas school bus is shrinking, other districts are expected to follow Texas’ lead by investing in LPG. Fuel grants are available from a multitude of sources from the state to help school districts with the small upgrade cost.