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Roush Blue Bird Propane for Detroit

September 2, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Largest Fleet of Propane Autogas School Buses in the State of Michigan’

Roush CleanTech is spreading the word about Michigan’s largest fleet of propane autogas school buses – 35 Blue Bird Vision Propane vehicles operated by ABC Student Transportation on behalf of DPS – Detroit Public Schools.

‘This is a great example of how the city of Detroit is being innovative in everything they do,’ Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock says in the Roush announcement.

‘This is a great example of how the city of Detroit is being innovative in everything they do,’ Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock says in the Roush announcement.



The new Blue Bird buses are powered by 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engines fitted with Roush CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems.

ABC chose the propane autogas Blue Birds for their technology, environmental benefits, and fuel and maintenance cost reductions, according to ABC Student Transportation president Charlie Grant as cited in the Roush release.

74¢ per Gallon

ABC pays 74¢ per gallon for propane autogas compared with around $3.00 per gallon for diesel, Roush says.

Detroit's ABC Student Transportation currently pays 74¢ per gallon for propane autogas compared with around $3.00 per gallon for diesel, Roush says.

Detroit’s ABC Student Transportation currently pays 74¢ per gallon for propane autogas compared with around $3.00 per gallon for diesel, Roush says.

“The adoption of propane autogas buses shows ABC Student Transportation’s commitment to implement buses powered by a fuel that is cleaner for Detroit’s students and the community, lowers operating costs, and is domestically produced,” Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird, says in the announcement.

“This is a great example of how the city of Detroit is being innovative in everything they do.”

Opportunities to Learn

“This environmentally friendly green initiative has also resulted in having a bus fleet that is 30% brand new,” DPS executive director for student transportation James Minnick says in the Wednesday release. The fleet “also provides opportunities for students and the community to observe and learn first-hand about alternative transportation technologies,” he said.

“The use of propane autogas school buses is a step in the right direction.”

To fuel the buses, ABC installed a station with a 12,000-gallon propane tank, Roush says.


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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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