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It’s an ongoing debate: which fuel type provides the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) to districts. Opinions abound on all sides of the issue.

A gasoline-powered bus has a low initial purchase price, propane fuel costs much less than clean-diesel and, while compressed natural gas (CNG) buses have a high initial purchase price, advocates contend that, after the initial cost is…

Since fuel costs typically represent more than two-thirds of school bus fleet’s annual operating expenses, it’s important to understand how to accurately estimate total fuel costs for your fleet. Doing so not only will enable you to budget more accurately for the year but also will allow you to make important purchasing decisions for your fleet based on products that help reduce your…

Many districts have been eyeing propane-fueled vehicles over the past few years as viable alternatives to their aging diesel-powered buses. Tighter transportation budgets, paired with aftertreatment maintenance issues have caused fleet managers to rethink diesel and look for alternatives that are more cost-effective, cleaner and easier to maintain.

“Nowadays, districts are looking for…

Detroit DD5 engine in the Saf-T-Liner C2

Diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration is one of the largest pain points for school bus operators and maintenance technicians. It’s not uncommon to hear of fleets who experience multiple regen issues a day, causing their buses to remain parked or on the side of the road in need of a manual regen.

“It’s been a pain,” said Charlie Turvin, fleet trainer for Loudoun County…

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