Deliveries This Fall of Type A Vehicle with Westport WiNG System
Kansas-based Collins Bus is accepting orders for a new dedicated-compressed natural gas Type A school bus with Westport WiNG fuel system. The Ford E-450 chassis vehicle with with 6.8-liter engine will have a single-fill range estimated at 250 to 300 miles.
The U.S. EPA- and California Air Resources Board-certified vehicle will carry Ford’s 5-year/60,000-mile engine and powertrain warranty.
Westport VP Paul Shaffer said it’s “the first-ever Ford-recognized Type A school bus that runs on natural gas.”
Deliveries Commence in the Fall
Collins is offering a wide range of floor plan configurations, including ADA accessible packages, which can accommodate 18 to 28 passengers. The manufacturer claims “the largest passenger-side cab view out window in the industry, an exterior storage compartment that holds up to 120 pounds of equipment and high-strength, low-alloy tube steel roof bows and interlocking longitudinal members that result in a significantly stronger and rigid structure in all directions with increased resistance to twist and crush forces.”
“As Ford’s largest qualified vehicle modifier, Westport’s CNG expertise and proven technology allows us to offer the most reliable clean energy Type A school bus model available to meet the evolving needs of our dealers and diverse customer base,” interim Collins Bus president Kent Tyler said in a release. Tyler is also president and CEO of the bus division of Collins parent Allied Specialty Vehicles.
Deliveries to customers are to begin in the fall.
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