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Q. How do propane buses operate in cold weather?

Ryan Zic
Posted on May 15, 2018

Cold weather should not be an operational barrier when it comes to school bus transportation. Today’s cutting-edge technology has alleviated cold-weather start issues associated with vapor technology propane systems of the past. In fact, the fuel system provides for unaided cold-weather starts to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Here’s what two school districts have to say:

Our propane buses perform flawlessly. They warm up substantially quicker than our diesel buses. The propane buses are ready to go in just a few minutes compared with at least 20, sometimes 30, minutes for diesel to warm up. — Brian Swestka, director of transportation

We get temperatures from extreme cold to quite hot, and there is no change in how the propane bus performs, which is consistently great. And the propane buses heat up quickly, which our drivers appreciate. The student and driver comfort is fantastic. Students even need to tell the drivers to turn the heat down — that never happens with the diesel buses. — Ron Harkness, supervisor of transportation, Brandon School Division, Manitoba, Canada 

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