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Brunswick schools test drive propane-powered bus

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There is a new kind of school bus in Brunswick County; one that runs on propane instead of diesel. There is a new kind of school bus in Brunswick County; one that runs on propane instead of diesel.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - There is a new kind of school bus in Brunswick County; one that runs on propane instead of diesel. 

Brunswick County was one of two counties picked to test drive the new school bus. They will run it on their routes until the end of September, when the county will pass it over to another county in North Carolina to test drive.

Officials say propane is a lot cheaper than diesel fuel, adding that there is almost a 3-to-1 ratio between the two costs per gallon. 

The Director of the County Schools Transportation System, Bobby Taylor, says it will also teach students about going green and fuel alternatives.

"I'm hoping that this becomes a lesson within itself," said Bobby Taylor. "That they will go back and ask their teachers, 'What is it about propane?' and 'How is it different from the bus I was on yesterday?"

He expects to have the bus taking students to and from an elementary school by Wednesday.

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