Henry County Schools' Blue Bird Vision propane buses are expected to emit 500 fewer pounds of particulate matter per year and about 19,000 fewer pounds of nitrogen oxide than the diesel buses they replaced.
The school bus manufacturer delivers more than a dozen propane-powered buses to Newport News (Va.) Public Schools and North Penn School District in Lansdale, Pa.
The two states are offering funding for low-emission, alt-fuel school buses. Florida is also providing funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
The agency will award selected applicants $15,000 to $20,000 per bus for scrapping and replacement. The deadline to apply is Oct. 30.
Acquiring electric buses and the requisite infrastructure can have the unintended consequence of having more kids riding on older buses, generating higher overall fleet emissions, due to cutbacks on the basic turnover of the existing fleet.
The state's third round of Volkswagen settlement funding will be used to reimburse public school districts for the purchase of new electric school buses, charging infrastructure, and propane buses.
Triad Community Unit School District #2 will receive a $650,000 grant for the purchase of three electric school buses and charging infrastructure.
School districts in Ann Arbor, Gaylord, Kalamazoo, Oxford, Roseville, Three Rivers, and Zeeland will receive a total of $4.2 million to purchase 17 new electric school buses.
The power and energy company’s electric school bus program would add 50 buses to its Virginia service territory by the end of 2020, and then possibly 1,000 buses to the area by 2025.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says that with the addition of the alternative-fuel buses, it will be using more propane buses than any other school district in the state.
Gov. Henry McMaster announces that the state will use $9.33 million of its Volkswagen settlement funds to purchase a total of 78 new propane school buses and three transit buses.
In research conducted by West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels Engines and Emissions, distance-specific nitrogen oxide emissions measured from propane buses were about 95% less than those measured from diesel buses.
The state releases its first round of Volkswagen settlement funds, approving the purchase of 82 new school buses for 16 school districts.