ABC27 INTERVIEWS RHOADS FOR PROPANE BUS FEATURE
ABC27 news interviewed Rhoads Energy CEO Mike DeBerdine for a segment on propane fueled school buses. Rhoads Energy supplies all the propane to Hempfield School District, the only district in central Pennsylvania to use propane fueled buses instead of the more common diesel fuel.
ABC27 reported that this school year is the first time the new fleet of buses is being used. Rhoads Energy is supplying the propane for the 88 buses in the district, which carry more than 6,900 students ride the new buses every day to school.
The move to propane could save the district $1.95 million in fuel costs over five years and propane buses are also said to be less expensive to maintain than their diesel counterparts. There are also environmental benefits to the switch. The new buses reportedly cut smog-producing hydrocarbon emissions by 80 percent.