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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.
IC Bus Tulsa plant rewarded for energy efficiency
August 24, 2012
The school bus manufacturer receives an incentive payment for nearly $150,000 for retrofitting its Tulsa plant with high-efficiency lighting. Officials estimate that the new lighting at the IC Bus plant will save more than 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.
Dallas district converts 53 buses to propane
August 16, 2012
The conversion of Dallas County Schools' buses by CleanFUEL USA is funded through a $1 million grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Clean Fleets North Texas program. CleanFUEL USA has also secured 37 new or expanded contracts with other Texas districts.
App provides alternative fuel station location data
August 8, 2012
The Cleaner and Greener Fuels app from Leonardo Academy is available for download free of charge from the iTunes app store, the Google Play store and the Cleaner and Greener website. It provides routes to stations on a series of interactive maps for such fuels as compressed natural gas, biodiesel, propane and electricity.
Navistar reveals new engine emission technology
July 6, 2012
The manufacturer will introduce a next-generation clean engine solution to meet the 2010 EPA emissions regulations and to position the company to meet greenhouse gas rules ahead of 2014 and 2017 requirements, officials announce. A Navistar spokesperson tells SBF that the short-term focus for the technology is on big-bore engines.
Trans Tech’s electric school bus to appear in TV show
June 26, 2012
The eTrans will be featured during the Kids Count program on Fresno, Calif.’s Valley PBS. The show will also be available for online viewing after the initial broadcast.
Ga., Ind. districts pioneer use of propane school buses
May 14, 2012
Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga., which runs 20 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses, is recognized by state legislators and dignitaries as the state’s first school district to power buses with the alternative fuel. Tippecanoe School Corp. in Lafayette, Ind., will reportedly deploy the state’s first Propane-Powered Vision units prior to summer break. Officials say both districts are seeing savings in fuel costs from the buses.
Texas district awarded $1.7M for bus retrofits
May 10, 2012
The grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Texas Clean School Bus Program will outfit 129 Brownsville Independent School District buses with pollution-control equipment, including diesel particulate filters for older school buses.
Ariz. district sees increased savings with propane buses
May 9, 2012
A new case study reveals that Mesa Public Schools’ Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird Type A school buses and six Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision Type C units are yielding a savings of 32.6 cents per mile. In February, the district reported a savings of 25.1 cents per mile with the Type A buses.
Green Fleets Across America 2012
May 3, 2012

From operating alternative-fueled vehicles to installing pollution-control equipment on buses to reducing idling, pupil transportation operations are doing their part to provide a healthy and safe ride to and from school for students. Here, we provide details on these and other environmentally friendly practices at school districts and contractors throughout the country.

Trans Tech eTrans goes on N.Y. tour
April 26, 2012
The manufacturer's all-electric bus makes a stop at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Thursday for a government VIP and media ride-along. Officials say the bus, which features an electric chassis from Smith Electric Vehicles, has a trip range of approximately 120 to 130 miles per charge and produces zero emissions.
$20M offered for clean diesel projects
April 24, 2012
This is the first grant competition since the Diesel Emission Reduction Program was reauthorized in 2011. Projects can reduce air pollution from older school buses, among other vehicles.
Canada strives to reduce vehicle emissions
April 19, 2012
Regulations proposed by Environmental Minister Peter Kent are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of large pickup trucks, short/long-haul tractors, cement and garbage trucks, buses and more, for model year 2014 and beyond. The regulations are part of the country's overall climate change strategy, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.
Propane vehicle parade to feature Blue Bird Type C bus
April 9, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s Next Generation 2012 propane-powered unit will be among the vehicles featured during the Propane Clean Air Rally and Autogas Parade, which will be held in Atlanta on Saturday. A press conference and a ride-and-drive event will follow the rally and parade.
Bill would give $15K rebates for alt-fuel buses
March 15, 2012
The legislation in the U.S. Senate would reimburse up to $15,000 for the purchase of school and transit buses powered by natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen or fuel cells.
Ore. district sees cost savings from propane buses
March 13, 2012
Portland Public Schools operates some of its own buses and also contracts with First Student — eighty percent of all the buses are powered by the fuel. Officials say the propane units run up to 30,000 miles longer than buses fueled by gasoline, resulting in lower maintenance costs, and the district expects to see a 50-percent savings in fuel costs.
7 districts receive funding for new buses, retrofits
March 6, 2012
Six school districts in Iowa will receive up to $38,000 in reimbursement as a match for a new school bus to replace their oldest school bus still in regular use. Another district will receive full reimbursement for retrofits. The funding is provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources through the EPA's Clean Diesel Campaign.
SAE International to hold alternative-fuel symposium
February 24, 2012
The free online event in March is intended to help pupil transportation personnel make informed decisions about the pros and cons of converting their buses to hybrid-electric, propane or compressed natural gas technology. It will include supplier and peer-to-peer presentations, panel discussions and technology exhibits.
Electric school buses to be manufactured for China
February 22, 2012
Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. signs a letter of intent with Wanxiang Group that includes a joint venture investment of up to $75 million to develop, manufacture and commercialize all-electric school buses and commercial vehicles for multiple industries in the country. The vehicles will combine Wanxiang’s EV componentry technologies with Smith’s proprietary platform vehicle designs.

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