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Florida Area Schools Deploy All-Propane School Bus Fleet

| November 15, 2016


In a strong move to embrace environmental stewardship, KIPP Jacksonville Schools deployed a 100-percent propane-fueled school bus fleet — the first for a U.S. charter school.

The charter school’s 14 Blue Bird Vision Propane buses will help lower its carbon footprint while providing dependable transportation to its students. According to sources, the buses emit 80 percent fewer smog-producing hydrocarbons and virtually eliminate particulate matter when compared with diesel. These ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems are Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certified.

“More than 650 school districts across the U.S. and Canada have added our cost-effective, reliable Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses to their fleets, including 10 districts in Florida that operate over 440 propane buses total,” said Phil Horlock, President and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation.

Propane is economical and allows schools to save money both at the pump and with maintenance and service. KIPP Jacksonville Schools currently pays about half the cost per gallon for propane compared with the average cost for diesel in the area. Less maintenance is required on propane buses due to the clean-burning properties of the fuel.

Looking ahead, as KIPP Jacksonville Schools continues its growth, the charter school says it plans to continue purchasing only propane-fueled buses.

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Category: Buses, Fuel and Oil

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