Detroit Public Schools adopts autogas for 35 buses

September 2, 2015 By    
Pictured in front of ABC Student Transportation's 12,000-gallon propane tank, from left: Roush CleanTech's Todd Mouw, Blue Bird's Blue Flame Propane's John Foster, Detroit Public Schools' James Minnick, ABC Student Transportation's Brian Flaggs, and Blue Bird's Ryan Zic

Pictured in front of ABC Student Transportation’s 12,000-gallon propane tank, from left: Roush CleanTech’s Todd Mouw, Blue Flame Propane’s John Foster, Detroit Public Schools’ James Minnick, ABC Student Transportation’s Brian Flaggs and Blue Bird’s Ryan Zic. Photo: Detroit Public Schools

Detroit Public Schools and its transportation provider, ABC Student Transportation, made an investment in 35 Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses for the 2015-16 school year.

An announcement was made Wednesday at a press event that ABC Student Transportation hosted at a Detroit facility. Several people tied to the project spoke at the event, including Blue Flame Propane‘s John Foster, Roush CleanTech‘s Todd Mouw and Blue Bird‘s Ryan Zic.

According to a press release, the fleet of propane autogas school buses, equipped with a Ford 6.8-liter V10 engine powered by Roush CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems, is the largest in the state of Michigan.

ABC Student Transportation expects to experience significant fuel-cost savings through adoption of the autogas buses. According to a press release, ABC Student Transportation pays 74 cents per gallon for propane autogas and about $3 per gallon for diesel.

The investment presents a business opportunity for Michigan-based Blue Flame Propane, which installed the propane fueling infrastructure for ABC Student Transportation. Blue Flame Propane President John Foster says his company has a 15-year history with ABC Student Transportation as a diesel provider. Now, Blue Flame Propane will deliver autogas to ABC Student Transportation.

“We’re a small regional propane supplier,” says Foster, whose company installed a 12,000-gallon propane tank on ABC Student Transportation’s property. “This is big for us to come down to the city of Detroit and have dignitaries here, [including] the governor’s office. We’re very excited. This opens a whole new avenue for us.”

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Kevin Yanik was a senior editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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