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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.
Pupil transporters among 40 Sustainability All-Stars
October 3, 2012
Officials from Houston Independent School District, Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools, and Wisconsin contractor Riteway receive the award at the Green Fleet Conference. Their efforts include implementing alternative fuels, increasing route efficiency and decreasing office energy consumption.
District’s hybrid buses parked over green rub rails
September 18, 2012
The California Highway Patrol maintains that the green rails on Napa Valley Unified School District’s buses are not in compliance with state and national standards. Director of Transportation Ralph Knight discusses with SBF the benefits he says he believes the green rails provide, and the steps he’s taking to try to revise California’s regulations on school bus colors after an exemption request to allow the green rails was denied by the highway patrol.
EPA offers $2M in rebates for school bus replacement
September 13, 2012
The EPA’s first-ever rebate program will be a pilot focusing specifically on replacing older school buses. School districts and contractors will be among those eligible for the program, which will provide rebates ranging from $20,000 to $30,000.
Coalition honored for providing hybrid buses to Ky.
September 13, 2012
A Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition team, which includes Eaton Corp. and the Kentucky Department of Education, receives the first Visionary Leadership Award from the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Group. Eaton assembles the hybrid system for the buses, and the coalition provides the buses through a U.S. Department of Energy grant.

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