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CleanFUEL USA fuel system powers new Thomas propane bus
July 17, 2014
CleanFUEL USA’s liquid propane injection system is employed by the Thomas Built Buses propane Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus as well as the Freightliner Custom Chassis S2G medium-duty truck, both of which are now in full production.
Nominations open for 2014 Sustainability All Stars
July 15, 2014
The awards program recognizes fleet professionals who have made significant contributions to fleet environmental sustainability, such as deploying alternative-fuel vehicles or implementing idle-reduction policies. Last year’s Sustainability All Stars included several recipients from the school transportation industry.
In retirement, Ron Latko launches consulting career
July 8, 2014
Soon after May 22, his last day working as director of transportation for Mesa Public Schools, Latko officially started Latko Consulting Inc. He plans to use his extensive knowledge in alternative fuels and expertise in pupil transportation to help school bus companies and propane companies improve sales, and assist districts across the U.S. in becoming more efficient and saving money.
Electric school bus production to increase with $7.3M powertrain investment
July 3, 2014
Funding from investors comes as the second Motiv Power Systems-equipped Trans Tech all-electric school bus is delivered to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, California. The supplier expects to fulfill orders for 20 this year, an estimate that may reach 100 in 2015, said Motiv Power Systems Founder and CEO Jim Castelaz.
Parker Hannifin debuts CNG fuel dispenser
June 11, 2014
The supplier introduced a complete industrial and fleet fuel dispensing solution for high-flow, high-cycle CNG applications to the North American market at the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo. Central to the solution is the new Parker Industrial Bulk CNG Dispenser, the only entirely integrated fuel dispenser on the market, according to the supplier.
Electric buses could save districts millions, study finds
June 3, 2014
The study, conducted by the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, examined the cost-effectiveness of electric school buses that use vehicle-to-grid technology, discharging their batteries into the electrical grid when not in use and getting paid for the service. Over 14 years, an electric bus fleet using the technology could save an estimated $38 million, according to the research.
New propane fueling system offered for fleets
May 23, 2014
Features of Alliance AutoGas’ new T3MR Fleet Fuel Management System include a durable card reader system, data management, real-time communications and an ultra-low-emission fueling nozzle. Company officials say that the system will provide fleet managers with the ability to better monitor and control fuel inventories in real time.
John Clements to serve as advisor for Motiv Power Systems
May 22, 2014
In the part-time role, Clements, who retired last year as director of transportation for California’s Kings Canyon Unified School District, will offer school bus industry advice and general operations knowledge to the company, among other duties. Last year, Motiv partnered with Trans Tech Bus to develop the SSTe all-electric school bus.
Alt-fuel school bus options are growing
May 22, 2014

Manufacturers are meeting the demand for clean-burning, money-saving yellow buses by offering more powered by propane autogas and compressed natural gas, as well as all-electric units. Here’s a look at some of the school buses in development, on the market and in service at operations.

Ohio school district acquires 49 propane buses
May 15, 2014
Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses will replace 12- to-13-year-old diesel buses. The propane units will go into operation for the 2014-15 school year.
Collins Bus Corp. launches new CNG Type A school bus
May 14, 2014
The school bus manufacturer has partnered with Westport on the bus, which features the Westport WiNG Power System, a dedicated natural gas fuel system. The bus also features a large passenger-side cab view window, an exterior storage compartment, and it provides an estimated 250- to 300-mile range. Collins Bus is accepting orders for the bus, and delivery to customers will begin in the fall, according to the company.
STA secures $10 million California contract
May 12, 2014
The school bus contractor will serve San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools beginning in January under the five and a half year agreement, and it will provide 133 new, ultra-low-emission vehicles and 31 propane autogas vehicles. STA also reports that all major contracts that were part of the acquisition of Atlantic Express’ California assets have been extended.
8.0L PIthon engine to power Thomas Built propane bus
May 9, 2014
Powertrain Integration (PI) names its 8.0L V8 propane autogas engine the PIthon. It has been selected as the engine platform for Thomas Built Buses' new propane-powered Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus.
Ron Latko to retire from Arizona school district
May 6, 2014
Latko, who has served as director of transportation at Mesa Public Schools for eight years, will retire at the end of this school year. He reflects on his career and tells SBF what lies ahead for him: school transportation consulting work.
Indiana district sees maintenance savings with propane buses
April 21, 2014
Tippecanoe School Corp. uses 32 quarts of oil per oil change with its diesel buses versus seven quarts for its propane buses. Tippecanoe's Alan Fidler, who has twice won the title of America's Best School Bus Technician, discusses savings and other maintenance-related advantages of the district's five propane buses.
CleanFUEL USA unveils new propane fuel management system
April 14, 2014
Officials for the propane technology supplier say that with the new CleanFUEL eCONNECT system, fleet managers can economically monitor and control fuel inventories with real-time data insight, flexible report storage and remote access capabilities.
Florida district buys 98 propane buses
April 7, 2014
Broward County Public Schools’ move is being called the nation’s largest single order of propane autogas school buses by a school district. Broward officials say that they expect a six-month return on investment for the additional purchase price of the alternative-fuel buses due to fuel cost and maintenance savings.
Hydraulic hybrid system offered for buses
April 1, 2014
Lightning Hybrids has released a new version of its hydraulic hybrid system for certain types of school and commercial buses. Hydraulic pumps/motors and an accumulator (power storage unit) are added to existing engines to store braking energy and use it to accelerate the vehicle.
California district pilots electric drive system on bus
March 27, 2014
Escondido Union High School District is testing the ElecTruck Drive System from TransPower for one month. The system has been retrofitted on a Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner HDX unit, and Director of Transportation Robert Berkstresser says data being tracked during the pilot period include the battery stability, motor efficiency and the reserve percentage of energy after a route.
Trans Tech all-electric bus in service at California district
March 3, 2014
The SSTe is the first of four electric buses in service at Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD), and officials say the bus is expected to save over $10,000 a year in fuel and maintenance costs. Transportation Director Jason Flores says that going electric “is just one more important step in KCUSD's ongoing portfolio of measures to protect our children, serve our community and be good stewards of our environment.”
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