15 More Type C Blue Birds with Roush CleanTech Engines
The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Tennessee yesterday launched its new fleet of propane-autogas-fueled Type C Blue Bird school buses, and said that the vehicles with Roush CleanTech fuel systems will begin transporting pupils this coming Monday, August 7.
CMCSS now boasts the largest alt fuel bus fleet in the state, says a release from Tennessee Clean Fuels, which helped fund the purchase via a Reducing Diesel Emissions for a Healthier Tennessee grant.
The program started with the purchase of an initial propane Blue Bird bus in 2014, TNCleanFuels says.
Maintenance Costs Slashed
“We bought the first one to see how it would compare to our diesels, which have been increasing our bus maintenance costs,” CMCSS vehicle maintenance manager Ricky Phillips says in the TNCleanFuels announcement.
“That first bus worked without any issues and showed us that not only can propane work as an engine fuel on larger vehicles like a school bus, but reduced our bus maintenance costs by over 50%,” he said – from 36¢ per mile per bus to just 16¢.
Eight More Next Year
“It went so well that we are looking to further expand the fleet and we are happy to finally be getting these additional 15 buses on the road,” Phillips said.
By July 2018, TNCleanFuels says, CMCSS should have a total of 23 propane school buses on the road – “far and away the largest alternative school bus fleet in Tennessee.”
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Source: TNCleanFuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up