The latest from Myers Equipment and Thomas Built Buses

March 2017


Diesel has received a bad reputation as of late. While other fuel types are clean-burning, assumptions that they are significantly cleaner than diesel are no longer true.  So today, we should call it “Clean Diesel”!

Clean Diesel is the best long-term solution for most districts and contractors today.  Today’s diesel emissions are more than 90% cleaner than they were ten years ago.  And just as clean as the other fuel types.

In most cases, Clean Diesel is more cost effective, too.  With its overall low up-front cost, superior fuel efficiency, engine durability and resale value, diesel is the total cost of ownership (TCO) champ, lower than propane, gasoline and compressed natural gas.  Plus, with diesel, you don't have to deal with routing or fuel logistical issues that come with switching to another fuel.  

Clean Diesel has also proven itself over many years of reliable school bus service.  Ninety-three percent of today's school buses run on diesel power. Why? Diesel engines are built for the commercial market, so they are proven, reliable and durable, lasting significantly longer than propane and gasoline counterparts.

The Cummins after-treatment system has also received an overhaul for this year.  Beginning back on January 1st, the Cummins ISB 6.7L uses a single module after-treatment system.  This allows for a 33% reduction in size, a 15% reduction in weight, and enhanced efficiency.

Later this year, Thomas will introduce our exclusive Detroit™ DD5™ and DD8™ Clean Diesel engines for Thomas buses, with an even more efficient and much easier to maintain after-treatment system. Available for order in 2018, these new engines represent the best in fuel efficiency, durability, reliability, serviceability and technology/telematics in the industry. Now that's something to be excited about.

Best of all, we would be glad to help you select which fuel type is best for your operation using our free Fuel Choice Analysis.  Feel free to contact us with any questions that you might have!

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