Hawaii tour company debuts propane minibuses

June 9, 2016 By    
Travel Plaza Transportation (TPT) debuted three eco-friendly El Dorado Aerotech 240 propane minibuses that will go into service mid-June. Photo coutesy of TPT

Travel Plaza Transportation (TPT) debuted three eco-friendly ElDorado Aerotech 240 propane minibuses that will go into service in mid-June. Photo courtesy of TPT.

As part of an initiative to convert its entire fleet to eco-friendly commercial tour buses by 2020, Travel Plaza Transportation (TPT) debuted three ElDorado Aerotech 240 propane minibuses that will go into service in mid-June.

According to TPT, these will be the first propane buses introduced in Hawaii.

Kansas-based ElDorado Bus Co. built the 25-seat propane buses on a Ford E-450 6.8-liter gas chassis, equipped with a Roush CleanTech propane autogas fuel system. Hawaii Gas was chosen as the fuel supply partner for the conversion project.

According to TPT, the propane-powered tour buses, as well as any new bus entering the fleet, will reduce its carbon footprint by 73 percent and 78 percent, respectively, per bus, compared to diesel- and gasoline-powered vehicles. TPT adds that it expects to realize fuel and maintenance cost savings of about $5,000 annually per bus.

“With the advanced technology of our new propane buses, we can continue to support Maui’s visitor industry by providing a comfortable, quality tour experience while having far less impact on the environment,” says Tsukasa Harufuku, president and CEO of JTB Hawaii. “We are very proud to be doing our part to help meet the energy-efficiency targets that our elected officials have established for the County of Maui and state of Hawaii.”

The Travel Plaza Transportation’s mission is to help people enjoy the beauty of Oahu and Maui, Hawaii. It opened its branch in Maui in 1994 and currently owns a fleet of 53 motor coaches, minibuses and limousines. According to TPT, it became Hawaii’s first passenger carrier to join the Clean Cities association, which strives to protect natural environments.

Allison Barwacz

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