WASHINGTON (June 13, 2018) – The Propane Education & Research Council released a new video detailing the growth of propane autogas in the school transportation market to coincide with a significant milestone for the industry — the delivery of the 10,000th propane autogas Blue Bird school bus.
Before the 2017-18 school year began, Blue Bird delivered a new fleet of 90 propane autogas school buses to Fulton County Schools, near Atlanta, which included the historic 10,000th bus.
“To commemorate this historic milestone for the industry, we created a video that celebrates this benchmark and discusses why propane autogas has had such impressive growth in the school transportation industry,” said Michael Taylor, director of autogas business development at PERC. “An increasing number of school districts around the country are saving on fuel, reducing maintenance costs, and lowering emissions in their communities because of propane autogas school buses, and we don’t see that growth stopping any time soon.”
Propane autogas school bus registrations have increased 700 percent in the last five years, according to a report compiled by PERC using IHS Polk new vehicle registration data through Q1 of 2018. That growth has pushed the total number of propane autogas school buses currently in operation, at public and private school districts in 48 states, to more than 15,200. Approximately 928,000 students now ride a propane autogas school bus to and from school every day.
The Blue Bird milestone video from PERC showcases school officials and industry leaders advocating the benefits of propane autogas school buses, including the lowest total cost-of-ownership and cleaner emissions profile than conventional fuels like diesel.
Propane Education & Research Council: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit established, operated, and funded by the propane industry. PERC leads safety and training efforts and drives technology development to expand the adoption of propane as a clean, domestic, and affordable energy source. PERC programs benefit a variety of markets including transportation, agriculture, landscaping, residential, and commercial.