Florida school district buys nearly 100 propane buses

April 7, 2014 By    

Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-largest school district in the United States, purchased 98 propane autogas school buses. According to a press release, the school district purchased Blue Bird Vision and Micro Bird buses that feature Roush CleanTech fuel systems. According to Roush CleanTech, Broward County Public Schools’ purchase is the largest single order a school district has made for autogas buses.

Broward County Public Schools purchased the buses from Florida Transportation Systems, a Blue Bird dealer in Florida. Roush CleanTech says the Vision buses include a 100-gallon extended-range tank that provides a 93-usable gallon capacity. Delivery begins in May for operation during the 2014-2015 school year.

According to a press release, Broward County Public Schools expects a six-month return on investment. Pat Snell, director of student transportation and fleet services for the school district, says each bus will travel about 17,000 miles per year.

In addition, Roush CleanTech says the purchase qualifies Broward County Public Schools for funding through a state rebate program. A Florida incentive waives state taxes for gaseous alternative fuels, including autogas and natural gas.

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