Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 10

Advertorial

The Future of
Alternative Fueled
Buses in Florida
Diesel technology has advanced in regards
to emissions reductions over the years. So
much in fact, that newer diesel buses do
not produce nearly the number of harmful
particulate matter that they used to. However,
that is only because of the large amount of
parts added that help the bus produce fewer
harmful emissions. Some have even touted
diesel as "the next alternative fuel". While
the final emissions product may be cleanergetting there is very expensive. Over time,
these maintenance costs will be seen by
those who manage these fleets.
Alternative fuels sound like a viable option,
but the first thing that comes to mind is the
cost. Many buses powered by alternative
fuels tend to have a higher sticker price
than a traditionally-fueled bus may have.
However, it's the cost over time that makes
the difference. Your Total Cost of Ownership,
or TCO, is a factor that cannot be ignoredespecially when talking about school buses
with a lifespan of 10-15 years!
So, let's talk about an alternative fuel that is
gaining fast popularity: Propane. For those
in the student transportation industry, the
use of propane technology to power school
buses may not be unfamiliar. During the past
decade, the industry has seen a noticeable
increase in propane bus adoption in North
America. As a domestically-sourced fuel,
propane offers many advantages to other
fuel types - with lower prices and affordable
infrastructure, it shows its value right away.
Florida has embraced the power of propane.
Since 2014, 604 propane buses have been
replacing older diesel buses in fleets around
the state. This has shown a noticeable

decrease in particulate matter- you know: a
major contributor to air pollution and asthma
symptoms in children and adults. In fact,
these buses are responsible for taking roughly
one ton of particulate matter and 105 tons
of NOx out of the atmosphere per year! The
fourth generation of propane buses produced
by Blue Bird are currently the cleanest engine
available in the bus industry- producing
nearly zero particulate matter, and has a
NOx certification of 0.05. NOx is a big deal
too as it negatively effects the ozone layer,
contributing to climate change.
And where do the savings come in? The
obvious answer is the cost per gallon of
propane autogas fuel. It can cost nearly
50% less than diesel, and even with the fuel
economy that propane buses achieve being
less than diesel, the cost savings
are still noticeable. Additionally,
there are over 20 parts that the
propane bus doesn't need to
meet EPA emission standards,
that diesel buses require to run
clean. Over time, that's over 20
parts that never need replacing
or maintenance!

The fourth generation propane buses
produced by Blue Bird are also a great
choice for school districts looking to apply
for federal grants that are targeting the
reduction of greenhouse gases. With the
cleanest engine currently in the industry,
these buses make great qualifiers for
federal aid, allowing districts to make
the switch to a greener, domestically
produced fuel.
For districts who want to help reduce
greenhouse gases as well as maintenance
costs, but have limited funding sources,
gasoline is a great fuel to consider for
school buses. Yes, you read that correctly!
The new gasoline buses that are currently
produced by bus manufacturer Blue Bird
use the same powertrain as the propane
buses they produce, and don't require
a magnitude of additional parts to keep
them running clean. When comparing
fuel types, they are a fantastic choice for
those who want to make a positive impact
on air quality without diving deep into
their wallets.

Alternative fuels not only help the environment, but also the bottom line for school districts who wish to put more money back into the classroom.
For more information on alternatively fueled buses, visit www.blue-bird.com today!


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017

President’s Message
All Hands on Deck for Purchasing Card Fraud Prevention
Legislative Report
2017 Annual Conference Recap
In Memoriam: Rita Zazzaro
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - Intro
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - bellyband1
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - bellyband2
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover1
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover2
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 3
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 4
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 5
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 6
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - President’s Message
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - All Hands on Deck for Purchasing Card Fraud Prevention
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 9
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 10
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 11
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - Legislative Report
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 13
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 2017 Annual Conference Recap
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 15
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - In Memoriam: Rita Zazzaro
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - 17
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover3
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover4
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - outsert1
Florida School Business - Fall/Winter 2017 - outsert2
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