At this year’s ACT Expo annual Fleet Awards event, seven fleet operators were recognized for extraordinary accomplishments that serve as examples for fleet operators worldwide, related to emission reduction and sustainability.
Governor Ralph Northam today announced more than $10.5 million in funds from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, administered by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, to replace 83 diesel school buses with electric and propane buses in 19 school districts across Commonwealth. By providing funds for clean school buses, the Department of Environmental Quality will help Virginia achieve clean energy goals, reduce air pollution, and mitigate climate change.
Blue Bird began production of its 2022 Blue Bird Vision propane school buses, which integrate ROUSH CleanTech’s Gen 5 propane autogas fuel system and Ford’s 7.3-liter V-8 engine. Innovations for the Gen 5 fuel system include stronger and lighter forged fuel rails and unique routing that keeps the engine-fuel distribution organized, according to ROUSH CleanTech. Gen 5 is certified to California Air Resources Board’s optional low nitrogen oxide emissions standard of 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour. It also reduces nitrogen oxides and greenhouse gas emissions, and can operate on renewable propane, which further reduces emissions and carbon levels.
The Washington County school system has 11 propane- powered school buses on the road this academic year, and the district would like to add more to its fleet very soon. “Our plans are to continue to purchase school buses that are more environmentally friendly, be it propane or electric,” Jarrod Adams, chief operations officer of Washington County Schools, said Tuesday.
Kitsap Transit serves Kitsap County outside of Seattle, WA. The agency transports more than 3.5 million riders each year and operates routed buses, both regular full-day service countywide and custom rush-hour service for ferry commuters. It also offers ACCESS paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities.
Case Study Explores Propane Adoption
Washington’s Kitsap Transit and Whatcom Transportation Authority adopted ROUSH CleanTech’s Ford E-450 propane autogas paratransit shuttles with cleaner emissions that have helped lower their fuel cost. Since 2015, Kitsap Transit added 49 paratransit propane shuttles to replace aging diesel models, and Whatcom Transportation Authority purchased 22 propane buses since 2019 to replace aging gasoline models. The Washington agencies are among dozens of transit agencies operating propane vehicles. Currently, there are more than 1,500 ROUSH CleanTech propane transit shuttles across the U.S.
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