Sixth in the Series of ‘Straight Talk’ Videos Extols Autogas:
Cook-Illinois Likes Reduced Maintenance… 2,000-Plus Buses?
Cook-Illinois, a contract school transportation provider, likes what it sees with propane autogas and is looking to convert many more buses in a fleet numbering more than 2,000 units. That’s according to Good for Students, Good for Business, the six and final of the latest series of Straight Talk videos from PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council.
“We’re a family-owned and operated school bus company,” says Cook-Illinois CEO John Benish, with more than a dozen locations in and around Chicago. “We provide the bus, the contract,” he says. “It’s a way that a district can concentrate on educating the students.
“We concentrate on taking them to and from school.”
30 Buses to Start
“As maintenance costs for its diesel buses became a growing burden,” PERC says, Cook-Illinois switched 30 of its buses to propane autogas “and has continued transitioning its fleet of more than 2,000 buses to propane autogas.”
“School buses now have gotten to the point where they’re $80,000 to $90,000 apiece,” Benish says in the PERC video.
Drivers Like Them Too
“Propane buses us half the amount of oil, so therefore there’s immediate cost savings,” he continues. “We’ve seen immediate… cost savings on maintenance anywhere from 30% to 40%.”
The Good for Students, Good for Business video includes technicians discussing the ease of maintenance, and drivers praising the vehicles’ performance.
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Source: PERC/Propane Education & Research Council with F&F follow-up