New Fleet of 90 Includes 10,000th Blue Bird Propane Bus,
Of Which Some 90% Have Roush CleanTech Fuel Systems,
Georgia Buses to Have Roush’s New .05-Gram NOx Engine
Georgia’s Fulton County Schools has rolled out a fleet of new propane autogas buses from Blue Bird with Roush CleanTech fuel systems, the companies said yesterday. The buses will be powered by 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engines certified to the California Air Resources Board optional low nitrogen oxide/NOx level of .05 grams per brake horsepower per hour.
The new vehicles, all with three-point seat belts, represent the “largest fleet of its kind in the state of Georgia,” they said.
The Fulton County fleet also incudes the 10,000th propane-power Blue Bird bus. Roush supplied the fuel systems for about 90% of them.
$3,500 Savings Per Bus, Per Year
“We are the first district in Georgia with three-point seat belts on a regular-route Type C bus,” Fulton County Schools executive director of transportation Sam Ham says in the Roush-Blue Bird release.
“With propane, he said, “we expect to save $3,500 in fuel and maintenance costs per bus per year — that’s $315,000 that can be allocated elsewhere, like back in the classrooms.”
The .05-gram NOx propane autogas engine was announced last month (F&F, June 8). It is 75% cleaner than the U.S. EPA’s current emissions standard.
‘A Growing Trend’
“Fulton County Schools is joining a growing trend of school districts in the region and across the country that are finding major benefits operating propane school bus fleets,” said PERC/Propane Education & Research Council president and CEO Tucker Perkins.
“Over 740 school districts are transporting more than 770,000 students to and from school each day,” he said, “a trend that is only going to increase as more districts learn how clean, quiet and cost effective it can be to fuel their school bus fleet with propane.”
Fuel by Amerigas
Fulton County Schools tapped Amerigas for two turnkey fueling stations, in Alpharetta and Fairburn, “at no up-front cost,” states yesterday announcement.
“Infrastructure costs were rolled into the district’s price per gallon for propane, which historically costs 40% to 50% less per gallon than diesel.
“The stations’ fueling capabilities will handle the district’s plans to convert its entire fleet of school buses to propane.”
The new 72-passenger propane buses will begin operation in the 2017-2018 school year.
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Source: Blue Bird and Roush with Fleets & Fuels follow-up