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Propane video series includes school bus edition
January 28, 2014
The "Straight Talk" videos from the Propane Education & Research Council feature stories from five managers who use propane autogas in significant portions of their fleets. First up is Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools.
Report: Blue Bird propane bus performs well in cold temps
January 17, 2014
Officials from school districts and bus companies on the East Coast and in the Midwest report easy starting, quick warm-up and quiet operation of the propane Vision school buses in their fleets during the recent cold snap. Blue Bird says propane autogas’ natural properties keep the fuel in a constant liquid form, free from freezing or gelling, and the liquid form provides better control of the air-to-fuel ratio, resulting in excellent start-up dependability.
Trans Tech all-electric bus passes certification in California
January 17, 2014
The SSTe is now legal to operate in the state after passing the California Highway Patrol’s certification, and the first bus is scheduled to go to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, Calif. Officials for Trans Tech Bus say the SSTe is scheduled to start full production later this year.
Utah bill would provide $20M for alt-fuel school buses
January 15, 2014
House Bill 41 would allow the state Board of Education to award a grant to a school district or charter school to replace a school bus manufactured before 2002 with a bus that uses compressed natural gas, propane or clean diesel fuel. The grant could also be used to install an alternative-fuel fueling station and to retrofit an operation’s maintenance facility to service alternative-fuel school buses.
NAPT trade show: buses, components and more
January 14, 2014

New offerings that were on view and introduced during the show in Grand Rapids, Mich., include an all-electric school bus, a wheelchair retractor tie-down system, heater kits, LED lights and fleet management solutions.

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.
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.
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.
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.
New training courses cover natural gas vehicle maintenance
September 10, 2013
Natural Gas Vehicle Institute officials say that the new courses prepare technicians to perform maintenance, diagnostics and repair of natural gas vehicles. The heavy-duty course has major emphasis on Cummins ISL G-equipped vehicles.
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.
New Jersey district embraces new ideas and saves big
August 27, 2013

Medford Township Public Schools continually seeks out opportunities to grow its sustainability practices, reduce transportation costs and generate revenue, which have been accomplished through such initiatives as a solar project, shared bus service and running vehicles on biodiesel. From the solar project alone, the district has realized savings of $300,000 annually.

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.
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.

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