School districts around the nation must work within their operational budgets, and propane buses can help. More than 800 school districts are saving 20 to 50 percent on a cost per mile basis for fuel and maintenance operating propane buses compared to diesel.
Nebraska’s Omaha Public Schools report its propane autogas bus fleet generated enough savings to hire up to five additional classroom teachers. South Carolina Department of Education is saving 29 cents per mile fueling with propane autogas compared to diesel. Bend-La Pine School District in Oregon pays 57 percent less for propane compared to diesel. And Florida’s Broward County has reported saving 38 cents per mile — or more than $600,000 annually in total operating costs — when factoring in fuel and maintenance savings.
In addition, propane has the lowest cost of infrastructure of all transportation fuels, saving money on fueling station needs.
Propane buses have no cold-start issues, which can save school transportation departments both time and money. Buses fueled by propane autogas reduce noise levels by producing sound lower than diesel-fueled buses, resulting in about 50 percent less noise. And with a quieter engine, drivers can focus on students and the road ahead.