Last week we discussed Propane powered school buses. There is another alternative that is popping up in school districts – natural gas vehicles (NGV’s).
School districts are searching for ways to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations for heavy vehicles, including school buses, while maintaining performance, functionality, safety and cost competiveness. NGV’s produce lower levels of most pollutants than gasoline or diesel powered vehicles. Many have found that by converting their bus fleet to natural gas, which is nearly 50 percent cheaper than diesel fuel, they can save thousands of dollars per year.
Additional benefits include:
- Natural gas buses emit 40 to 86 percent less particulate matter than diesel buses.
- The reduction of noise and fumes produces a more pleasant driving experience.
- The resulting cost savings can be reinvested in the classroom.
- NGV engines burn cleaner than diesel engines, reducing maintenance costs.
With budget cuts and the rising costs of parts and maintenance, NGV’s are a good way to go for school districts to help the environment, maintain the health of drivers and students and keep the district’s budgets in check.