Why Choose Clean Diesel?
People have been using diesel to power vehicles for a long time and for good reason. Diesel boasts outstanding operation range and fuel efficiency—two factors that have led to years of success for diesel fuel. This domination of diesel in the fuel market means that many schools and organizations already have the proper training and infrastructure in place to handle diesel buses. Mechanics are familiar with the routine maintenance required for diesel buses, and the maintenance schedule for these buses is often already in place. Choosing diesel buses provide you with efficiencies that are lost when trying to diversify your bus fleet with different fuel options.
Benefits of Clean Diesel
Better Fuel Economy
Clean diesel is by far the most efficient type of fuel, so it can be easy to get caught up in the cost of diesel and lose sight of the overall picture. Thomas Built Buses states, “On average a clean-diesel school bus engine provides up to 50 percent better fuel economy than any other similar-sized gasoline, propane or compressed natural gas engine. What this means is that other fuels could technically have to cost 50 percent less than clean-diesel in order to achieve fuel cost savings.”
Bus Purchase Price
The bus purchase price is simply the amount that you must pay initially to purchase the bus. People tend to base many of their purchasing decisions on this variable, often opting for less expensive gas-powered buses. While this might feel a little easier on the budget at the time, it is important to remember that lower initial cost and lower cost of ownership are not the same things. This is something that many people don’t realize until they are struggling to keep up with high maintenance bills.
A Long-Lasting Bus
Diesel engines are built to last 15 to 20 years, or sometimes even more. That means that diesel engines will almost never need to be replaced during the typical life of a school bus. This can significantly cut costs and downtime—two of the most critical factors when choosing a bus for your fleet. If you have a bus mechanic helping with the decision making, this point alone should win them over. Durability also plays a factor when it comes to resale. Clean diesel buses have earned a reputation for durability and dependability which gives them an edge in the thriving used bus market.
Better Resale Value
Most people plan to sell their buses at some point or another, whether it’s to upgrade to new or to avoid costly maintenance bills. More than any other time, this is when buyers will wish that they had spent the extra money to purchase a clean diesel bus. With a clean diesel bus, you can expect to receive a significant amount of money back at the end of the bus’ life, money that can then be reinvested back into newer equipment helping to offset the higher initial cost.
If you’re in the market for a new bus for your fleet, look no further than the clean diesel buses offered at Kerlin Bus Sales. We’ve been helping clients go green and save green since 1927, and we have a wide selection of new and used buses to meet any need and budget. Our friendly staff will help you consider all of the variables to find the perfect match for your school or organization. Call us at (260) 352-2722 today!