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71% have not yet introduced a new fuel (229 respondents)


Of those who switched fuels, gasoline (51%) and propane (42%) were the top two leading choices for new fuels


Gasoline


Nearly 60%expect lower maintenance costs as a result of the new fuel, and 33% said it is too soon to tell (65 respondents


Diesel & Electrical Systems Top two maintenance challenges cited (223 respondents)


40%: 23%: 40%:


use vehicle age to decide when to replace older buses


rely on available funding before replacing buses


(225 respondents)


replace their buses when they are between 12 and 15 years old


20%: California 12 9 Colorado


said their bus ages can exceed 20 years before replacement (224 respondents)


9 Iowa 9 Kansas 9 Illinois 10 Ohio 17 New York


66% expect fuel to be the long-term replacement strategy


23% don’t know


11% don’t agree on a long-term strategy (64 respondents)


Propane Propane


STATES WITH THE MOST RESPONDENTS About 4 out of 10 respondents were located in only 3 states: New York, California and Ohio (240 total respondents)


80% retire their buses between 150,000 and 250,000 miles driven. Only 7% wait until their buses reach at least 300,000 miles (216 respondents)


$7,500-$10,000 is the most often cited range of annual repair costs that indicate it is time to purchase a new bus (223 respondents)


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