Fleet owners need every financial advantage they can get when it comes to saving money and maintaining their vehicles. Efficient gas mileage represents an excellent way to decrease fuel costs over the life of fleet vehicles. In today’s blog from CoachWest, we look at the average gas mileage figures for executive buses, sprinter vans, and limos.
Executive buses average 6 miles per gallon, especially when it comes to larger models that carry 45 to 51 passengers. Newer, high-tech models may get up to 10 to 12 miles per gallon.
The larger the bus, the lower the average mileage. However, when you consider passenger-miles, meaning how many passengers you carry per trip, the cost savings become better over time. Smaller executive buses get better gas mileage compared to full-sized motorcoach tour buses.
Sprinter vans average around 15 miles per gallon. Many of our models get 20 miles per gallon. They’re lighter in weight and carry fewer passengers compared to executive buses. Rather than holding around 50 people in an executive bus, sprinter vans carry anywhere from a dozen to 30 people. They’re sleeker, more aerodynamic, and don’t have as much gross weight tonnage.
Limousines are about the same as sprinter vans, getting about 15 to 17 miles per gallon. Many factors may alter the gas mileage of each vehicle, such as how many people are inside, the size of the car, and any attachments on the limousine.
Diesel Versus Gas
In general, diesel fuel gets better gas mileage compared to unleaded gasoline. That’s why many executive coaches and sprinter vans run on diesel. While less refined than unleaded gasoline, diesel engines get more power compared to gasoline. Limos generally run on gas because diesel engines are louder. Consider buying diesel engines when fuel efficiency is a priority.
Newer models generally have fuel-saving measures. Look for executive buses with the engine in front compared to motorcoaches that have the engine in back. Coaches with an engine in the back need an extra axle, which adds weight to the vehicle (and therefore reduces gas efficiency). Some executive buses tout eco-friendly and green features. Ask CoachWest about the eco-friendly features on our models if you’re concerned about saving money on gas mileage.
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