After the initial purchase price of a bus, fuel is the most significant expense over the life of the vehicle. That’s why school districts across the country are looking for ways to operate more fuel-efficient fleets. Often they turn to alternative fuels. And lately, there has been a lot of buzz in the media about propane autogas.
Propane is all the rage, and everyone is talking about it. But in reality, propane-fueled vehicles have been around for years. In fact, propane is the world’s most popular clean-burning alternative fuel in the transportation industry. It is also a low-cost fuel option with an easy-to-install fueling infrastructure. But if everyone is offering propane, how do you choose?
If propane is the fuel of choice for your fleet, to maximize your cost savings, make sure your propane buses run a fully integrated system.
At Thomas Built Buses, the Saf-T-Liner® C2 propane utilizes a PIthon® 8.0L V-8 LPG engine by Powertrain Integration that was built specifically to run on propane. That’s very different from other engines on the market that are upfitted for propane. The Powertrain Integration engine on the C2 is paired with a true medium-duty transmission, the Allison 2300 PTS Series transmission. The integration of the engine and the Allison Transmission leads to lower fuel costs and much better performance. Put simply, this pairing is more reliable, more durable and performs more efficiently. And it becomes a major factor in lowering the total cost of ownership of a bus.
This is just one of the alternative-fuel options offered by Thomas Built Buses. Schools also can take advantage of the Type A Minotour® in CNG and propane, and the Type D Saf-T-Liner HDX in CNG. Thomas Built Buses will launch the new Saf-T-Liner® C2 CNG in early 2016.
To determine which type of alternative fuel might be right for you, talk to your local dealer about different fueling options, alternative fuel grants that may be available, and the most popular alternative fuels in your area. You can also visit Thomas Built’s website to learn more.