The E-Control platform is designed to provide centralized control of all the thermal management components aboard a bus.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The fiscal deal passed by Congress this week includes provisions that benefit fleets that use alternative fuels.
The so-called “fiscal cliff” bill extends tax credits for several alternative fuels, including propane autogas and compressed natural gas (CNG) — both used in many school buses — and for related infrastructure.
Gerald Rineer, transportation supervisor for Lower Merion School District in Ardmore, Pa., called the extensions “good news” for alt-fuel users. The district's fleet of 113 vehicles includes 58 buses fueled by CNG. Lower Merion also uses biodiesel in its diesel-powered vehicles.
The fiscal package reinstates a biodiesel tax incentive for 2012 (retroactively) and 2013. The $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive, first implemented in 2005, had expired on Dec. 31, 2011.
The extension “is important not just for jobs but for diversifying our energy supplies, improving our energy security and reducing costly emissions," said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board.
A $0.50-per-gallon tax credit for propane, CNG and liquefied natural gas had also expired at the end of 2011, but the fiscal deal extends it through 2013 and applies it retroactively to 2012. Also extended through 2013 and applied back to 2012 is a $30,000 infrastructure tax credit for those and some other alternative fuels.
“The extension of the alternative-fuel tax credit and the refueling infrastructure tax credit will help get more propane autogas vehicles on the road and encourage fleet managers to strongly consider alternative-fuel options before making a decision,” said Richard Roldan, president and CEO of the National Propane Gas Association. “The alternative-fuel tax provisions are uniquely important, not just to the propane industry, but for every American because they help us achieve our energy security goals.”
President Obama was expected to sign the fiscal bill into law soon.
Planning for the 17th National Congress on School Transportation is now in the works, with committee members being re-established and selected through this summer.
The IC Bus event was about embracing change and thinking big. Thinking big is hard sometimes, and change of any kind is stressful.
Fuel choices, school reform, and the ongoing driver shortage are hot topics at School Bus eXchange 2017.
The gasoline-powered Type C school bus, which uses a Ford 6.8L V10 engine, is now certified to the federal standard of 0.20 g/bhp-hr for NOx emissions.
The two-day workshop will cover maintenance of the Roush CleanTech propane autogas fuel system on Blue Bird Vision school buses.
The Georgia district’s purchase of 25 gasoline school buses, addition of bus bays, and ongoing internship and inspection training programs have also benefited drivers and students.
The 5600 Timer Box is designed to provide flexible, efficient switching of LED lights in a compact unit.
The state adds the all-electric Type A eSeries to its list of procurement vehicles.
The EcoAir VpCI-337 Fogger is designed to provide corrosion protection in a spray can.
$2.7 billion will be used to establish a mitigation trust fund to support the replacement or repowering of school buses and other diesel vehicles.
At the start of 2017, U.S. school districts were operating more than 12,000 propane buses, according to figures from the Propane Education & Research Council.
Coverage of the PSI propane and gasoline engines expands to five years, unlimited miles — up from 100,000 miles.
Thought leaders and industry experts discuss the impacts of connected and automated vehicles, ridesharing, onboard Wi-Fi, and big data at the bus manufacturer’s first-ever event of its kind.
The research by West Virginia University scientists sheds light on the sources and amount of greenhouse-gas methane that is emitted in the natural gas supply chain.