More than 110 transportation personnel and school officials attend the Ohio stop of the OEM’s tour, which offers educational sessions and ride-and-drives.
The Propane Research & Education Council unveils a video that highlights autogas growth in the school transportation market.
The School District of Holmen’s six Blue Bird Vision propane buses have saved about $12,000 in fuel and maintenance costs over the 2017-18 school year.
Electric school buses are becoming more prominent in pupil transportation as the "Big 3" manufacturers release their own models and tour them, and pilots see positive results.
Diesel has long been the foremost fuel when it comes to large school buses, but there was a noteworthy shift in 2017 as gasoline Type C school buses came into the picture. Propane was the most popular alternative fuel.
The partners have reportedly deployed more than 16,000 propane, CNG, and gasoline-powered school buses since 2012.
With a small fleet of 10 buses total, North Crawford School District has acquired three propane models over the past two years and plans to buy more.
The company, best known for its propane fuel systems, expands its alt-fuel portfolio with electric vehicles built on the Ford F-650 chassis.
The event comes as the state considers how to spend its $209 million share of VW mitigation funding.
The OEM cites lower upfront costs and maintenance savings as key factors in the growing sales of its Vision Gasoline bus.
The school bus manufacturer takes its Type C and D electric buses for ride-and-drive events across the U.S. Deliveries are expected to begin in late summer/early fall.
The new facility features a 15,000 square foot service area, including a paint booth and specialized bays to service CNG vehicles.
With temperatures as low as minus 30, Howard-Winneshiek CSD says its propane buses warm up in a few minutes.