Why Schools Love Propane
Over 500 propane-fueled school buses run on Michigan roads. Propane costs significantly less in fuel, fluids and filters and is easier on engines with its minimal emissions (EPA Clean Air). No expensive exhaust systems are needed and they perform equal to traditional engines.
More importantly, propane buses are safe for kids with cleaner air and quieter rides.
More school districts are switching to propane for its immediate Return on Investment (ROI).
The MPGA is here to help make your transition to propane easy with a $4,000 / vehicle per school bus, towards a new bus or propane conversion.
Largest School Bus Fleet Uses Propane
ABC has one of the largest fleet of propane-fueled school buses in Michigan and even in the Midwest. With over 220 buses, they transport over 8,000 school children throughout Detroit. The cost savings from fuel and maintenance costs alone made it a sound business decision.
Zeeland Schools got their first 10 Propane-Fueled buses in 2010 and have added 6 more since. Quick warm up times and quieter engines have led Zeeland bus mechanics to appreciate their Propane-Fueled fleet.
St. Johns Schools
St. Johns Schools runs their day-to-day fleet on propane. With their savings, they’re planning to convert their entire fleet to propane with in 3 years. From cost savings to lower emissions, St. Johns Schools loves their switch to propane.
Hillman Community Schools
Hillman Community Schools saw an opportunity with the MPGA rebate program and made the switch to propane. With their reduced fuel and maintenance costs, the district is saving thousands!
Why schools love propane
Propane fueled buses provide benefits throughout your district!
Compared with diesel engines, propane autogas engines are noticeably quieter when operating.
- Bus drivers are responsible for students’ safety during transportation. A quieter bus allows bus drivers to perform their jobs in a much less chaotic environment.
- Easier to monitor students in the rear of the bus and take quick action in an emergency.
- Easier to concentrate on the road ahead and provide a safe ride to and from school.
NO MORE BLACK SMOKE
Schools can switch to propane autogas buses to protect students from dangerous diesel exhaust.
- The shorter height of younger students puts them face-to-face with a black cloud of diesel smoke every school day.
- Children in wheelchairs are especially vulnerable to inhaling diesel exhaust.
- Propane autogas buses do not aggravate the symptoms of students with asthma or otherbreathing-related issues.
SAVINGS FOR WHAT COUNTS
When a school district switches to propane autogas technology, they’re in a better position to afford what students need most.
- More teachers reduce class sizes for more individualized student attention.
- Everyday classroom supplies — pencils, markers, notebooks — which teachers may otherwise need to buy out-of-pocket.
- Savings can be used to fund special education programs and hire specialist educators.
- Funding for more robust fine arts and athletic programs that increase students’ confidence and provide a well-rounded education.