North Kansas City Is Taking 110 of the New Units:
All Funding Via Daimler Financial with No Grants
Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses is celebrating the sale – and start of deliveries – of 110 of its new Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school buses to the North Kansas City School District.
The Missouri organization is the largest launch customer for the vehicle (F&F, June 3), which is the first OEM-built, CNG-fueled Type C school bus on the market. “This is a significant event for us and for the school bus industry as a whole,” Thomas Built president and CEO Caley Edgerly said in a release.
“The buses are being delivered and are getting ready for the beginning of a new school year,” a Thomas Built spokeswoman told F&F.
‘We Strongly Believe’
In addition to the new Type C buses, North Kansas City purchased 14 Thomas Built Minotour Type A buses, also CNG-fueled.
“We are excited to be the first school district in the country to incorporate Type C compressed natural gas school buses into our fleet,” North Kansas City transportation director Lon Waterman says in the Thomas Built announcement.
“We strongly believe in the benefits of compressed natural gas, and we look forward to running a cleaner, greener and more cost-effective fleet,” Waterman said. “Adding the Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG is a milestone for us and the first step to converting our entire fleet to compressed natural gas.”
Better Fuel Economy Predicted
According to Thomas Built, North Kansas City is the nation’s largest school district to convert its buses to CNG. The district expects to see a reduction of more than 5,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with this conversion, and an increase of fuel economy from 5.6 mpg with its diesel buses to 8 mpg with the new CNG engines.
The Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG is powered by the Cummins Westport ISB6.7G engine with Allison 2000 series transmission.
Thomas Built says that the North Kansas City district worked closely with Midwest Bus Sales GM Scott Kincaid on the latest bus buy. “We worked with North Kansas City in 2010 when they purchased their very first compressed natural gas buses, the Saf-T-Liner HDX CNG models,” Kincaid says in the manufacturer’s announcement.
‘No Grants or Subsidies’
“Compressed natural gas has proven to be a promising addition to their fleet,” he said. “It’s a huge step for them and a very exciting one for us.”
The overall purchase of the CNG buses, including the capital costs for the vehicles themselves, infrastructure and shop improvements, is being financed through Daimler Truck Financial. “No grants or subsidies are being used for this conversion,” the manufacturer says.
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