Propane for NY School Buses
There are now about 14,000 propane-powered buses in the country transporting 850,000 children to school each day, and that number keeps increasing.
Many states in the country—including New York—have been adopting alternative energy incentive programs in recent years, resulting in more school districts purchasing propane autogas buses.
New York already has about 500 of these “green” buses on the road; that puts New York among the top 10 states in the country for the most propane-fueled school buses.
New York school districts have gained enormous fuel savings by using propane autogas instead of diesel fuel. Propane historically costs less than diesel per gallon and reduces maintenance costs due to its clean-operating properties.
Propane school buses: a quiet, healthier and safer ride
Additionally, propane-powered school buses perform better in cold weather than diesel-powered buses. They start more easily and heat the interior faster so that windows are defrosted quickly. The alternative fuel engine also is quieter than a diesel engine but packs the same power.
Safely transporting students to and from school while navigating through all types of traffic, weather and terrain is a major—and sometimes daunting—task for school bus drivers. Naturally, this job requires focus, so the fact that propane autogas engines are 50% quieter than diesel engines not only makes for a more pleasant ride, but a safer one.
Additionally, buses fueled with propane autogas are crash-tested for impact in the side and rear, meeting rigorous motor vehicle safety standards.
Kids are benefiting from a healthier ride to and from school as well, because propane school buses get an A+ as far as meeting emissions standards is concerned. Studies have shown that, when compared with the diesel buses they have replaced, buses fueled by propane autogas:
- emit 80% fewer smog-producing hydrocarbons
- reduce nitrogen-oxide emissions by about 10,000 pounds
- lower particulate matter by 315 pounds