Superior Propane Fuelled School Buses Score Top Marks

As bus companies across the country look for more efficient, environmentally friendly alternatives to diesel, Superior Propane has partnered with Southland Transportation to fuel 101 buses serving the Calgary Board of Education – a partnership that is proving to be very beneficial particularly in recent cold temperatures.

Southland made the change from diesel-fueled buses in order to increase vehicle efficiency, provide an environmentally cleaner fuel, and to improve reliability and engine performance.
With the onset of winter, the benefit of switching to propane fuel for the fleet of buses has been especially clear, according to vice president of Southland Transportation, Tom Jezersek. “Our Superior Propane fuelled buses start easily in the cold temperatures which means we can get our passengers reliably to and from school in all temperatures. And because we don’t need to use oil pan heaters, our buses are both more reliable and safer for our drivers and our passengers.”

The switch to Superior Propane has also provided a one-stop solution to improve the fleet’s efficiency and impact on the environment. Before the switch, some of Southland’s diesel buses had to be filled at off site filling stations, which was inconsistent with Southland’s commitment to the environment.

“The simple installation of Superior Propane’s refueling dispensers in our yard gives drivers a one-stop service infrastructure that makes a major impact on the time spent on bus maintenance,” adds Mr. Jezersek. “This has eliminated a time consuming journey to fill up, saving Southland additional maintenance and fuel costs, while also helping us lower our carbon footprint while producing less greenhouse gas emissions.”

Propane is a cleaner burning, cost-effective alternative that can be up to 37% less expensive than diesel and promotes longer engine life and lower maintenance costs. Propane is non-toxic, lead-free and contains significantly lower levels of sulphur for reduced emissions. Propane emits up to 26% less greenhouse gases than regular gasoline.

“At Superior we knew in addition to better performance in cold weather, we could also provide a solution to environmental and maintenance challenges,” said Joe Russo, director of Oilfield Sales at Superior Propane. “By providing a more accessible option with high safety performance in all types of Canadian weather, we are allowing Southland staff to dedicate their focus to the role they play in passenger experience and safety.”

Southland Transportation calls the new partnership and decision to move to propane a decisive win for the company and its customers.

Source: Superior Propane

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