Many school districts choose private on-site refueling due to the convenience and low cost. Installing propane autogas fueling infrastructure costs less than any other fueling station option — including gasoline and diesel. Idaho’s Grace School District pays only $100 per year for its fuel station.
Because of its Environmental Protection Agency classification as a non-contaminant, propane infrastructure has fewer compliance requirements than conventional fuels, meaning there is no costly EPA monitoring involved.
Other options are public fueling, with thousands of fueling stations located across the U.S., and on-site fueling services. To fuel its buses, Boston Public Schools has contracted with a company that performs on-site propane fleet fueling services. “We want other school districts to know that on-site infrastructure isn’t the only option when introducing propane autogas into their fleet,” said Peter Crossan, fleet and compliance manager for Boston Public Schools.
By fueling with propane autogas, school district employees can avoid the spills that result from diesel fueling as well as the resulting diesel odor on their clothes and hands. Unlike gasoline or diesel, propane autogas is part of a closed-loop system, meaning the fuel is never exposed to air and won’t spill. Plus, fueling is quick; a propane autogas school bus fuels at 10 to 12 gallons per minute, a similar rate to diesel.