New milestone: more than 20,000 Autogas buses deployed in the U.S. this school year
For the first time ever, more than 20,000 Autogas buses were at the ready in public and private school districts across the United States at the start of the school year in 2020, according to new figures from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). This is a 10% increase from 2019 vehicle numbers and it is also the first full school year with Autogas buses in use by more than 1,000 school districts or contractors.
“It’s encouraging to know that more than 1,000 districts from coast to coast are realising just how clean, quiet, and affordable their fleet can be with Autogas,” said Steve Whaley, director of Autogas business development at PERC. “Benefits impact everyone: districts save money thanks to the lowest total cost of ownership, students have a cleaner and quieter ride to school, and the community reaps the benefits of its low emissions. It’s no surprise districts are converting their entire fleets to Autogas.”
The new data, compiled by PERC from IHS Polk new vehicle registration figures, shows LPG-powered school buses are being implemented on a national scale. Since 2012, there has been a 960% growth in the number Autogas school buses on the road in the U.S., marking a strong eight-year stretch for LPG in the school transportation market. The buses transport more than 1.23 million students in 48 states, and 14 states now have more than 500 Autogas buses within their borders.
Autogas school buses are also succeeding with repeat purchases, according to the data. Sixty-three percent of school districts with Type C LPG school vehicles adopt additional buses, outperforming other alternative fuels. For more information, please check this link.
9 December 2020