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TV spot focuses on CNG school buses
February 25, 2013
Long-running public television program MotorWeek does a segment on Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, which has close to half of its 114 buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The district plans to go all-CNG when more fueling stations are available.
Diesel retrofit supplier Cleaire shuts down
February 20, 2013
The company, which offered a variety of diesel particulate filters to retrofit school buses and other vehicles, closed last month. Cleaire’s LongMile filter has reportedly been linked to brush fires and was voluntarily recalled last year. A California Air Resources Board official says that “it is paramount that the safety concerns with the Cleaire LongMile system are immediately addressed.”
Missouri lead producer to provide $300,000 for bus retrofits
February 12, 2013
As part of an agreement with the EPA, the Doe Run Co. will offer a total of $500,000 to help Missouri districts retrofit diesel school buses and improve environmental practices in school science labs. Districts in Jefferson County, Mo., get first crack at the grants.
EPA names winners of $2 million in school bus rebates
February 6, 2013
Agency officials call the response from school bus fleets “overwhelming” — there were more than 1,000 applications for rebates. The 30 randomly chosen recipients include school districts and contractors from various states.
Texas districts see cost savings from propane buses
January 23, 2013
Dallas County Schools is among the school systems in the state running buses on the fuel, and it reportedly saves about $500,000 annually with the $0.50-per-gallon tax credit. Officials from the Propane Council of Texas say that with the recent extension of alternative-fuel tax credits, districts will be able to save more money this year.
Mo. district sees cost savings from propane buses
January 9, 2013
The eight Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses have been in operation at Fort Zumwalt School District since last June. The district’s chief financial officer says the district is saving “around 18.9 cents per mile due to lower fuel costs,” and officials anticipate that the buses will save the district “approximately $18,000 this school year.”
Ariz. district buys 13 propane school buses
January 7, 2013
Glendale Elementary School District acquires six Blue Bird propane buses and seven Collins propane buses — the district's first powered by the alternative fuel. Canyon State Bus Sales' Phil Polizzatto calls the district's decision "both financially and environmentally responsible."
Congress passes alt-fuel tax credit extensions
January 3, 2013
The fiscal deal passed by Congress this week includes provisions that benefit fleets that use alternative fuels. The bill, expected to be signed into law by President Obama, extends tax credits for such fuels as propane, compressed natural gas and biodiesel — all of which power many school buses.
Ky. DOE receives $13M for hybrid bus purchases
January 3, 2013
The grant money for the state Department of Education will go toward project proposals from school districts to purchase approximately 213 diesel-electric-powered school buses. Public school districts in the state are eligible to apply for funding, and the deadline is Jan. 16.
Webasto, ESW integrate pollution-control technologies
December 13, 2012
Webasto Product North America’s engine-off heaters and ESW Group’s diesel particulate filters together can help to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions and the need to idle, company officials say. They also say that the combined technologies can help fleet owner/operators to obtain Diesel Emission Reduction Act funding for emission-control and idle-reduction equipment.
Ohio EPA awards $277K for pollution-control technology
November 19, 2012
Eight school districts in the state receive a total of $277,885.53 in grants to install diesel oxidation catalysts and anti-idling equipment on their school buses as part of the agency’s Clean Diesel School Bus Grant program. The next grant application deadline is March 1, and priority is given to applicants in areas that do not meet federal air quality standards for fine particulates.
Collins delivers 134 propane buses to First Student
November 15, 2012
The NEXBUS units will be used by the school bus contractor to provide student transportation to Seattle Public Schools and Portland (Ore.) Public Schools. The propane fuel system was developed in partnership with CleanFUEL USA.
Diesel-to-CNG conversion offered for DT466 engine
November 13, 2012
The EPA has reportedly approved a diesel-to-CNG (compressed natural gas) dedicated package for the diesel International DT466 series engine. NGV Motori USA and Clean Vehicle Solutions LLC partnered to bring the conversion package to the intermediate class vehicle market.
EPA to open application period for school bus rebates
November 6, 2012
The agency will collect applications for the new program from Nov. 13 to Dec. 14. A total of about $2 million will be available for rebates on new school buses to replace older buses.
Thomas Built to develop CNG-fueled Type C
October 23, 2012
The school bus manufacturer announces at the NAPT Summit that it will develop a Saf-T-Liner C2 powered by compressed natural gas. Also, Thomas Built’s new propane Type A is now in production, and its propane Type C is expected to be available next year.
District officials ride Blue Bird propane-powered bus
October 16, 2012
During the event hosted by ROUSH CleanTech and organized by Blue Bird dealer Cardinal Bus Sales, 30 Ohio school district representatives go on a 300-mile roundtrip ride between Lima, Ohio, and Livonia, Mich., in the propane-powered Vision. They learn about ROUSH’s liquid propane fuel system and product platforms, and tour the company’s emissions testing dynamometer lab and the manufacturing facility.
EPA awards $30M for clean diesel projects
October 11, 2012
School buses are among the vehicles being replaced or retrofitted in the latest round of funding for the Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA. Sioux Falls (S.D.) School District, for example, is being awarded $450,000 for replacing 18 school buses.
W.Va. adds propane as option for school buses
October 9, 2012
State director Ben Shew tells SBF that propane’s price and its availability in West Virginia are key factors in school districts’ interest in the alternative fuel. He says that switching to propane could save more than $3,100 in fuel costs annually per bus.
Supercapacitors touted as 'green' energy source
October 4, 2012
In an article by Philip Ball for the Energy Quarterly feature of MRS Bulletin, a professor and researcher at Drexel University in Philadelphia explains supercapacitors as power-storage devices that can supply onboard electrical power in vehicles. Officials say that on buses, the technology can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 30%.
New natural gas engine for school buses in the works
October 4, 2012
Cummins Westport has begun development on the ISB6.7 G, a mid-range 6.7-liter natural gas engine. The new engine, expected to be in production by 2015, will be based on the Cummins ISB6.7 diesel engine and will use Cummins Westport's spark-ignited, stoichiometric cooled exhaust gas recirculation technology.

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