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Propane Blue Birds for Wisconsin Schools

July 1, 2014 in Fleet Order, Infrastructure, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lamers Bus Lines and Badger Bus Add Roush-Powered Vision Vehicles

Blue Bird Bus is promoting deployment for this coming academic year of school buses powered by propane autogas in Wisconsin. There, Lamers Bus Lines has added 41 new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, “expanding its impressive propane fleet to 59 units,” while Badger Bus is set to receive 16 new Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, expanding its total propane fleet to 20.

Wisconsin’s Lamers Bus Lines now has 59 Roush-powered Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, the manufacturer says.

Wisconsin’s Lamers Bus Lines now has 59 Roush-powered Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, the manufacturer says.

The Blue Bird Propane Vision is fitted with a propane autogas fuel system from Roush CleanTech on a Ford 6.8-liter engine.

Lamers transports students for the Milwaukee Public Schools. The company shaved more than $14,000 from its fuel costs last year with its Propane Vision buses, Blue Bird says, adding that Lamers is installing an onsite 30,000-gallon fueling dispenser to support the new vehicles for Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Bus Sales

“Our propane buses have been completely trouble-free,” said Lamers Bus Lines president Allen Lamers says in Blue Bird’s Wisconsin release. “We’ve had no issues whatsoever on them and the deployment has been smooth.

“We received comprehensive training from our local dealer, Wisconsin Bus Sales,” Lamers said, “along with Roush CleanTech and our local propane provider. From all aspects, the buses are logical, simple and require minimal adaptation. Propane autogas is a great option for school buses and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

Lamers serves more than 25 school districts and 60,000 students across Wisconsin. Its total fleet numbers more than 1,300 school buses. The new buses for Milwaukee feature Blue Bird’s extended range 100-gallon fuel tank and will travel approximately 8,900 miles per year.

Badger for Madison

Badger’s new propane buses will transport students in Wisconsin’s Madison Metropolitan School District.

“Our experience with Blue Bird’s propane autogas buses has been a very positive, economical experience,” said Badger Bus co-owner John Meier. Badger has a 2,000-gallon onsite fueling facility, and is currently paying $1.19 per gallon for propane autogas – compared with $3.48 per gallon for diesel.

The Badger buses travel between 12,000 to 14,000 miles each year, “allowing fuel savings to accumulate quickly with an average annual fuel savings of over $3,500 for each bus.”

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Source: Blue Bird Bus with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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