• Propane Autogas

    Propane autogas is domestically produced, safe for the environment and children we transport, and affordably priced. Utilized in the school transportation industry since 1992, propane autogas retains its gas structure at normal atmospheric temperature and pressure. In turn, propane autogas does not spill, pool, or leave any residue. Propane autogas is safe, non-toxic and non-poisonous. Strategically located between Blue Bird’s robust steel frame rails, propane fuel tanks are 20 times more puncture resistant than typical gasoline or diesel tanks. Propane will not ignite when combined with air unless the source of ignition reaches at least 940 degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast, gasoline will ignite when the source of ignition reaches only 430 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.1

    Propane Stations throughout the US

    Partnered with ROUSH CleanTech, Blue Bird offers two propane bus models: the Propane-Powered Vision and the Propane-Powered Micro Bird G5. Each of these popular buses come with a 5-year, 100,000 mile propane system coverage, in addition to Blue Bird’s industry leading best-in-class features.

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     Advantages of switching to propane autogas:

    1. Propane costs less than diesel or gasoline.
      1. With the prices of foreign oil rising, domestically produced propane autogas prices are significantly lower than the cost of diesel or gasoline, and the price is not subject to frequent fluctuations. Propane autogas costs approximately 40-50% less than the cost of diesel fuel.

       
    2. The infrastructure is typically installed and maintained with no upfront cost.
      1. One of the previous barriers to alternative fuel is the up-front cost of installing alternative fuel infrastructure on-site. Propane autogas infrastructure is very affordable, costing only a fraction of what other alternative-fuel infrastructure stations run. Many times, propane autogas providers will install and maintain an infrastructure stations at no additional cost- or roll it into the price of the propane, make it incredibly affordable!
       
    3. Blue Bird's propane-powered buses are dependable and easy to maintain.
      1. Built with the same industry-leading best-in-class features, Blue Bird's Propane-Powered Vision and Propane-Powered Micro Bird G5 give your fleet the same reliability, durability, serviceability and comparable horsepower as our diesel and gasoline options. Additionally, because propane is a clean-burning fuel, which means our buses exhibit less wear-and-tear on engine components.
       
    4. There is an established infrastructure system throughout North America.
      1. With over 2,500+ propane stations throughout the United States alone, buses can be fueled while on route to and from picking up students.2  
       
    5. Blue Bird's propane-powered buses save school districts and contractors money.
      1. Due to the affordability of Blue Bird’s propane-powered buses and the abundance of savings experienced from operating a propane-powered bus, a return-on-investment is usually experienced within 2-3 years. This rapid return provides customers with significant fuel and maintenance savings throughout the life of the bus.
       

    Propane Powered Vision

    Interested in operating with propane autogas? Click here to learn more about the Propane-Powered Vision and Propane-Powered Micro Bird.  

     

     

     

     

     References:


    1. ROUSH CleanTech

    2. U.S. Department of Energy - Alternative Fuels Data Center