Georgia school district runs 25 percent of buses on autogas

May 9, 2016 By    

School busThe Bibb County School District in Macon, Ga., has grown the number of Blue Bird Propane Vision Type C buses it operates from 31 in 2014 to 53 today, representing a quarter of its total fleet.

Equipped with the Roush CleanTech propane autogas fuel system, each Blue Bird Propane Vision bus runs on a Ford 6.8-liter V10 engine with a Ford 6R140 automatic transmission.

Roush CleanTech says the engine delivers 362 horsepower and 457 foot-pounds of torque, providing the performance that drivers need to serve this urban area.

Additionally, the school district can fuel its propane autogas buses at a station located on the grounds of its bus garage, which features a 4,000-gallon propane tank.

Currently, the Bibb County School District pays 95 cents per gallon for propane autogas compared to $1.33 for diesel. In addition to the fuel cost savings, Roush CleanTech says the district expects to receive $111,000 in tax credits for using the alternative fuel.

“I found that the return on investment for propane looked like a much more viable option than compressed natural gas,” says Anthony Jackson, the school district’s transportation director, in a Roush CleanTech case study.

The Bibb County School District has made a commitment to continue its move away from diesel, Roush CleanTech adds. The district recently approved a plan to purchase more propane autogas buses, and it will replace outdated diesel buses with propane autogas, as needed.

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