Alternative Fuel Bus Choices Include CNG and Propane
Blue Bird Bus spread the word this morning that it’s prompting its full line of small and medium sized vehicles, including propane and new compressed natural gas models, at BusCon 2016, which kicks off today in Indianapolis. updated with BusCon 2016 photo on September 22
“These buses are ready for the most rugged road conditions, with ‘crank every time’ confidence you won’t find anywhere else,” Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock said in a release.
Many Blue Bird commercial bus configurations have completed ten-year, 350,000-mile Altoona-testing, he said.
Among the Blue Bird buses at BusCon,
- the Blue Bird Vision, available with four different fuel types – gasoline, propane or compressed natural gas with Ford 6.8-liter V-10 engine, or diesel with the Cummins ISB6.7, all with six-speed automatic transmission. The CNG version became available last year with a fuel system by Roush CleanTech (F&F, November 12, 2015);
- the Blue Bird T3RE, available in diesel and CNG, with Cummins ISB 6.7 diesel or Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine, and five-speed automatic transmission. The T3RE “seats up to 48 passengers and is available with hundreds of available options that add comfort and sophistication,” Blue Bird says;
- the Micro Bird D-Series MD, designed for airport, parking, rental car and hotel markets, a new bus with 42-inch middle door entrance, available with an affordable propane solution, Blue Bird says, in partnership with Roush on the Ford V-10; and
- the Micro Bird CT-Series DLX, built on the Ford Transit chassis for 38% percent better fuel economy than other Type-A buses.
BusCon 2016 runs September 19-21 at the Indiana Convention Center.
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