One has a lifelong interest in alternative fuels and internal combustion engines. Another saw an opportunity to provide a service no one else in his area was offering. A third saw an opportunity to join a trend toward alternative fuel vehicles. A fourth saw a chance to help a local government save some tax dollars.
Sustainable vehicles are not a one-size fits all.
When selecting the best work trucks for specific regions, a mixed-fuel fleet might be your answer.
Regardless of individual thoughts on the future of electric vehicles, the announcement of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean School Bus Program (CSBP) arrived with much fanfare, as the industry collectively applauded the first sizeable pot of federal funding support for school busing.
The Kingston Community School District has made the switch to using a propane fueled bus fleet starting this fall for the 2023-24 school year.
According to ROUSH CleanTech, the school district leased six Blue Bird propane buses and committed to a two-year cost for propane at $1.50 per gallon. This is a 62 percent savings over its diesel price.
Three school district staff members from different departments spoke on a panel about getting buy-in from key decision-makers to launch a successful transition to the propane-autogas school buses.
What will our transportation world look like in the year 2030 with the goal to make half of all new vehicles sold zero-emissions? What it took the automotive industry to accomplish in 100 years will again happen over the next 10 years.