The state earmarks $130 million for electric buses. The mitigation funding is expected to become available starting in early 2019.
The new diesel engine will power a Saf-T-Liner HDX school bus that the OEM will showcase next month.
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.
Four school bus operators from four states find common ground in dealing with driver shortage, tapping into the benefits of GPS and video cameras, and assessing fuel options. For the most part, they’re sticking with diesel for now, but one is seeing success with an electric bus.
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 U.S. average diesel price is up to $3.17 per gallon, the highest point since December 2014. Gasoline has also been on the rise.
Over 40 school districts in Southern California will soon each receive up to 15 CNG and propane school buses to replace pre-1994 diesel school buses.
The New York State Bus Distributors Association recommends including all viable clean-engine technologies in a replacement program.
The event comes as the state considers how to spend its $209 million share of VW mitigation funding.
For the new round of DERA funds, the EPA expects to make between 20 and 80 awards for projects to replace or retrofit older diesel vehicles, including school buses.
As state agencies work out plans for their share of the Volkswagen diesel mitigation funding, it has become clear that allocations for school buses will vary widely from state to state.
JohnDow Industries’ new line of Diesel Carrytanks are available in 58- and 106-gallon capacities and are designed to transport and transfer diesel fuel wherever needed.
The gasoline CE bus will start full production next month, and the ChargE electric bus will tour the West Coast, IC Bus officials reveal in an interview.