New Propane Repowered School Bus Solution Unveiled in Raleigh
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This past July, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Eco Vehicle Systems unveiled the nation’s only propane repowered school bus solution at Wake County Public School System’s Transportation Department in Raleigh. This new solution costs a fraction of the price of a new bus yet delivers full emissions reduction benefits, which equates to cleaner air.
The Eco Vehicle Systems propane repower program allows schools to replace prematurely worn out diesel engines with much cleaner, new propane engines on bus chassis that have 7-12 years of useful life left, but no useful engine. For example, with grant funds in North Carolina, the cost to schools to repower a school bus with a brand-new engine can be less than $10,000. Nationally, propane is being embraced as a clean, domestic alternative fuel for schools. This repower solution is keeping with this trend.
“Using the Propane Repower Bus will help school districts move to lessen their carbon footprint for a lower cost to the district, which saves money that can be used inside the classrooms,” says Christina Roberts, a sales representative for Suburban Propane, a local and national propane supplier.