Has $1.60 Contract as It’s Adding 700 Buses, Omaha Event Next Week
Marks The ‘Largest Propane Autogas School Bus Purchase In History’
Student Transportation, Inc. is celebrating propane school buses, in particular the Blue Bird vehicles with Roush CleanTech fuel systems it’s deploying in Omaha and other school districts.
STI says it will add approximately 700 new propane LPG vehicles this fiscal year, increasing its fleet of propane and CNG/compressed natural gas buses to just under 1,000, “as well as 1,800 vehicles on biofuels.”
And, the firm reports a new fuel contract for propane autogas LPG “at $1.60 per gallon equivalent with a fixed price for three years versus a current price of $3.65 for a gallon of diesel.
434 Buses for Two Omaha-Area School Districts
“This price does not include any federal rebates given to alternative fuel vehicles,” the company noted, “which currently is 50 cents per gallon in the U.S.”
Among the 700 new propane buses, STI and its Student Transportation of America subsidiary are placing 434 propane-fueled buses with the Omaha and Millard Public Schools in Nebraska (F&F, December 18). They are staging a Welcome Aboard Omaha! propane open house at the STA Omaha South Terminal one week from today, on July 17 to celebrate what Blue Bird calls the “largest propane autogas school bus purchase in history.”
The 434 Blue Bird Type C school bus chassis vehicles are powered by 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engines with the Roush CleanTech dedicated propane autogas fuel system. The engines produce 362 horsepower, 457 pounds of torque, “and fuel cost savings of 40 to 50% compared to diesel counterparts, Blue Bird says. “Propane autogas burns cleaner in engines than gasoline or diesel, which results in less engine wear and tear, and reduced maintenance costs.”
Propane Road Tour Starts Tomorrow
A Georgia-to-Nebraska Propane Road Tour preceding the Omaha gala is to start from Blue Bird’s headquarters in Fort Valley, Ga. tomorrow, July 11.
“The purpose of the Propane Road Tour is to provide the opportunity for school districts and communities to learn about the outstanding benefits of using propane autogas,” Blue Bird Corp president and CEO Phil Horlock said in a release.
“Communities along the tour route, from Georgia to Omaha, have an opportunity to talk with key industry representatives about the economic, safety and environmental benefits of propane-powered school buses,” Horlock said.
Multiple stops are planned in Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri, including a late-morning event at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville this Friday, July 12.
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Source: Student Transportation, Inc. with Fleets & Fuels follow-up