ISD Lowers Emissions and Fuel Costs with Propane Buses

Posted September 3, 2020

The Independence School District has added 10 propane-powered school buses to its fleet. Propane buses significantly lower emissions as well as maintenance and fuel costs compared to their diesel counterparts.

The transition from diesel to propane improves operational and financial efficacy of ISD Transportation. The ISD anticipates a fuel cost savings of $10,000 in the first year of using 10 propane buses in place of diesel buses. Propane engines start easier and heat faster than diesel engines in the winter. While diesel buses are needed for longer trips, the ISD hopes to replace more diesel buses with propane buses over time.

The ISD purchased the propane buses and fueling station using a Missouri Propane Education and Research Council (MOPERC) and an EPA Region 7 DERA (Diesel Emissions Reduction Act) grant received through Leonardo Academy.