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Push for electric school buses in Massachusetts
December 19, 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration are investing in three programs to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across Massachusetts, including the launch of an electric school bus pilot program. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources will provide $1.8 million in grants for eight electric school buses with vehicle-to-grid capability.
Texas school bus fleet still keen on propane after 30 years
December 18, 2013
Web Exclusive: Alvin Independent School District switched to propane autogas in 1982. Today, with a fleet of more than 100 buses running on the alternative fuel, Fleet Maintenance Manager Juan Mejias says that the district is benefiting from lower fuel costs, extended oil change intervals and reduced emissions.
ROUSH CleanTech doubles sales team for propane vehicles
December 4, 2013
Company officials say that five recently hired business development executives bring dozens of years of expertise in the automotive and alternative fuels industries. ROUSH CleanTech manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for Type A Micro Bird and Type C Blue Bird school buses, among other vehicles.
Lion Bus to develop all-electric school bus
December 3, 2013
President Marc Bedard tells Journal de Montreal that the company “wanted the most energy efficient bus possible, and this project is materializing itself.” A feasibility study has been completed, and a prototype is set to be revealed in the spring, with Bedard noting that the company would ultimately like to produce 2,000 buses that would be sold on a 10-year scale.
Texas district cuts fuel costs by 33% with propane buses
November 26, 2013
Seguin Independent School District has been operating propane-powered school buses for six years, and it currently has 28 buses running on the fuel in its fleet, with plans to purchase more in the future. In addition to the savings in fuel costs, officials say the district has saved $500,000 since 2008 through the initial reimbursement for the purchase of the buses and the rebate on the fuel.
Researchers convert CO2, hydrogen into crude oil alternative
November 21, 2013
At an Israeli university, researchers have developed a process to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into a renewable alternative for crude oil, which they say could transform fuels used in gas and diesel vehicles and jets.
GO Riteway adds 20 propane buses to fleet
October 24, 2013
The Wisconsin-based contractor purchases 10 new Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses and 10 Micro Bird propane autogas buses to serve Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District, and the company marks the event with an open house at its facility. Attendees witnessed a fueling demonstration and learned about the benefits of propane.
Trans Tech, Motiv partner for new all-electric school bus
October 22, 2013
The Type A school bus manufacturer and Motiv Power Systems have developed the SST-e, which will be revealed at the National Association for Pupil Transportation trade show on Tuesday and Wednesday. The bus is built on a Ford E-450 chassis, utilizing the all-battery, all-chassis compatible Motiv electric Powertrain Control System, and has a capacity of 30 students, or 24 students and one wheelchair, according to company officials.
Thomas Built to launch CNG-powered Type A school bus
October 22, 2013
The manufacturer is now starting pilot production of a compressed natural gas (CNG) Minotour, with official production slated to start in the first quarter of 2014. The CNG model will utilize a GM 6-liter engine on the 4500 series cutaway chassis.
Over 2,000 propane school buses now running in Texas
October 10, 2013
The Propane Council of Texas reports that about 75 Texas school districts are operating buses powered by propane autogas. A 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit for propane has helped districts generate big savings in fuel costs.
Districts, bus companies among Sustainability All-Star Award recipients
October 2, 2013
Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools, All-Star Transportation, Student Transportation of America, Blue Bird Corp., Brighton (Colo.) School District 27J and ROUSH CleanTech are among the 40 winners of the award, which recognizes propane autogas fleets for their leadership in running vehicles on the fuel. The winners are recognized during the Green Fleet Conference & Expo in Phoenix.
Crosspoint Kinetics launches new hybrid system
September 24, 2013
Company officials say the S3000 hybrid system is available for small to mid-size school buses. The system interfaces to a vehicle and generates 100% of its own electricity during deceleration or braking.
TV show spotlights Minnesota fleet's switch to propane
September 11, 2013
According to a recent segment on MotorWeek, Eastern Carver County Schools has started a "slow but steady process" of replacing more than 100 diesel school buses with propane-powered units. The show's host reports that although the new propane buses cost more, they yielded fuel cost savings of $60,000 last year.
On the quest for green dollars
September 5, 2013

For fleets struggling to find the funds to buy alt-fuel vehicles, there is money available. The key to getting it is to formulate a plan, build relationships and pay attention to the details.

Cook-Illinois buys 20 Blue Bird propane buses
August 28, 2013
The new Propane-Powered Vision school buses will transport students in Berkeley (Ill.) School District 87. Cook-Illinois reportedly utilized the school bus industry’s first adaptation of propane technology back in the early 1980s.
Wheel end assembly cited in school bus fire
August 22, 2013
A fire on a Blue Bird propane school bus on Monday likely originated in a wheel end assembly and did not compromise the propane fuel tanks, an independent fire investigator finds. There was no one on the bus at the time of the fire, and the engine was off.
New EPA chief touted for 'common sense' strategies
August 7, 2013
Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator, has made a long career of working on environmental issues. President Obama says that she “knows how to build bipartisan support for common sense environmental solutions that protect the health and safety of our kids while promoting economic growth.”
Missouri district to transition fleet to CNG
August 6, 2013
In a 10-year lease-purchase agreement, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will replace its diesel fleet with 149 Thomas Built school buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). The district’s program also includes a shift toward CNG-powered facility maintenance trucks and continued use of all-electric delivery trucks.
Sunrise Transportation adds 25 propane Blue Birds to fleet
July 3, 2013
The purchase of the Propane-Powered Vision school buses will enable the contractor to offer the students and community of Chicago environmentally friendly transportation while delivering operational savings, officials say.
School buses: slowly growing green
June 14, 2013

How much have these green buses penetrated the overall school bus market? We targeted that question in our latest school bus sales research.

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