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District cuts costs by running propane-powered buses
October 10, 2011
Zeeland (Mich.) Public Schools purchased nine new Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses in August 2010. Transportation Director David Meeuwsen says the district averages a savings of 80 cents per gallon with propane versus biodiesel fuel, and that once the district applies for the 50-cent-per-gallon government tax credit, he approximates fuel savings of 30 percent.
A-Z Bus Sales promotes top exec
September 28, 2011
Jim Reynolds, who has served as president since 2006, is now president and CEO. In his new role, Reynolds will continue to direct the business activities of A-Z Bus Sales, and he will add the responsibilities of strategic planning, corporate succession planning, and mergers and acquisitions.
New personnel join FerrellAutogas team
September 16, 2011
James Giovanni has been named vice president of autogas and national sales, while Terry Karges, Tony Dale and Eric Bates will serve as national directors of autogas.
Execs discuss cost, safety benefits of new propane bus
July 28, 2011
SBF sits down with officials from Blue Bird, Ford and ROUSH after they unveil the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision, which they say offers fuel savings of 30 to 40 percent on average compared to diesel counterparts.
Blue Bird unveils next-generation propane school bus
July 7, 2011
Company officials say that the latest Propane-Powered Vision provides increased fuel economy, greater horsepower and torque, and a 67-gallon fuel tank.
Texas district acquires 12 propane buses
June 30, 2011
Friendswood Independent School District will replace diesel buses with the propane units and install an on-site propane fueling station with grants from the Texas Railroad Commission and Houston-Galveston Area Council.
District holds alternative-fuel seminar
June 8, 2011
More than 30 people attend the seminar organized by Tippecanoe School Corp. in Lafayette, Ind., to discuss the possibility of using alternative fuels as a way to offset increasing fuel costs and reduced education budgets. The district is in the process of converting two maintenance vehicles and a food service vehicle to run on propane.
Details released on Propane Engine Fuel Summit
April 28, 2011
The event, to be held in Long Beach, Calif., next week, will feature discussions from manufacturers of vehicles fueled by propane, dispensing equipment and tanks, as well as current propane fleet users. A free webcast will be available for those who cannot attend.
Thomas Built celebrates environmental achievements
March 24, 2011
The school bus manufacturer has zero-waste-to-landfill operations, meaning that everything received or produced by Thomas Built is used, reused, recycled or sold, and nothing is sent to a landfill. The company is also participating in a solar panel project, and all of its manufacturing facilities became ISO 14001 certified last year.
GM unveils propane option for cutaways
February 14, 2011
For the 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 3500 and 4500 vans, GM will offer a “one-stop-shop” approach that delivers a vehicle with a complete LPG fuel system. The cutaways can be converted to various school bus, commercial, shuttle bus and RV requirements.
After the Storm: Rebuilding the Bus Plant
February 8, 2011

When a microburst inflicted heavy damage on Collins Bus Corp.’s manufacturing facility, employees pulled together to keep bus production rolling throughout the repair process.

Propane Micro Bird hits the market
January 11, 2011
The Type A bus from Blue Bird is fully certified and rolling off the line. Meanwhile, a transportation director in New York gives high marks for his propane buses’ performance.
Texas district receives $2M to purchase propane buses
January 6, 2011
Houston Independent School District receives a total of $2,120,500 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Railroad Commission of Texas to help buy the buses. The money will fund 70 percent of the cost, with the district covering the rest.
Alternative fuel tax credits extended through 2011
January 5, 2011
One credit covers up to 30 percent of the cost of installing propane and CNG fueling stations. Another is a 50-cent per gallon credit for propane and CNG.
AQMD awards $40M to replace diesel buses, trucks
December 21, 2010
The South Coast Air Quality Management District designates the money to 11 Southern California school districts and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The funding will help to replace 146 buses and 400 heavy-duty trucks.
More details on forthcoming propane bus, engine
November 17, 2010
CleanFUEL USA and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. partner to build and certify a multi-purpose 8-liter General Motors propane engine. The first versions will be used for a Thomas Built Buses Type C school bus and a Freightliner straight truck chassis.
Los Angeles district opens new CNG fueling facility
November 11, 2010
The facility will support 317 school buses powered by the alternative fuel. It is the latest effort from the district to operate environmentally-friendly buses; it is also replacing older buses with hybrid units and buses powered by biodiesel and propane.
Propane injection system ‘greens’ buses, saves money
November 10, 2010
The Powershot 2000 injects propane in increasing amounts into a bus engine’s air intake system as the boost pressure level of the engine increases. Operations in Arizona and Wisconsin test the system on older school buses and report getting better fuel mileage and seeing substantial reductions in exhaust emissions.
Propane Type A buses delivered to Oregon district
November 4, 2010
Portland Public Schools is running five NexBus units from Collins Bus Corp. that are powered by the alternative fuel. The manufacturer says that the buses exhibit excellent cold-weather starting and have a range of 300 miles.
Survey: Propane, hybrid use grows among district bus fleets
October 28, 2010
Finding is among the results of SBF’s School District Survey, which also shows an increase in budget cutbacks for busing and more districts reporting driver shortage.

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