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Tennessee’s CMCSS Gets Propane Buses

August 1, 2017 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

15 More Type C Blue Birds with Roush CleanTech Engines

The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Tennessee yesterday launched its new fleet of propane-autogas-fueled Type C Blue Bird school buses, and said that the vehicles with Roush CleanTech fuel systems will begin transporting pupils this coming Monday, August 7.
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.05 Roush Blue Birds for Fulton County

July 28, 2017 in milestones, Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Fleet of 90 Includes 10,000th Blue Bird Propane Bus,
Of Which Some 90% Have Roush CleanTech Fuel Systems,
Georgia Buses to Have Roush’s New .05-Gram NOx Engine

Georgia’s Fulton County Schools has rolled out a fleet of new propane autogas buses from Blue Bird with Roush CleanTech fuel systems, the companies said yesterday. The buses will be powered by 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engines certified to the California Air Resources Board optional low nitrogen oxide/NOx level of .05 grams per brake horsepower per hour.
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Roush & Blue Bird for Low-NOx Propane

June 8, 2017 in certifications, Propane, propane autogas, school buses, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush Claims First .05 NOx Propane Autogas Engine,
U.S. EPA- and California-Certified on 6.8-Liter Ford V-10
For Class 4 to 7 Vehicles & Blue Bird Type C School Buses
Affords Fleets ‘the Greatest NOx Reduction Per Dollar Spent’

Roush CleanTech has developed the industry’s first propane autogas engine with nitrogen oxide emissions of just 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour – dramatically below the current U.S. EPA limit of 0.2 g/bhp-hr.

The 6.8-liter Ford V-10 engine with the Roush modification has been certified by both the UPA and California Air Resources Board, the companies said yesterday.


‘Roush CleanTech’s low-NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry,’ said Tucker Perkins, president of PERC, the Propane Education & Research Council. Ford 6.8-liter V-10 engines photo courtesy Roush CleanTech at Roush headquarters in Michigan.

The target market is Class 4 to Class 7 vehicles, and Blue Bird’s Type C school buses.

‘A Great Step Forward’

“Roush CleanTech’s low NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry,” said PERC/Propane Education & Research Council president Tucker Perkins says in the Roush-Blue Bird release.

“Propane autogas is well established as an economical, clean-burning and domestically produced alternative fuel ideal for fleets,” Perkins said. “Now propane gets the biggest return on NOx.”

“Equipping the Blue Bird Vision with the lowest NOx propane engine makes the best-selling school bus in the industry even better,” said Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock.

The Volkswagen Opportunity

“That’s great news for the environment, our customers and our children. Blue Bird’s propane school bus is the industry leader for lowest total cost of ownership and hassle-free maintenance,” Horlock said, “creating a cleaner and safer environment for us all.”

“Developing the lowest NOx propane engine sends a message that this fuel is comparable to other alternative fuels from a standpoint of emissions,” Roush CleanTech sales and marketing VP Todd Mouw says in the low-NOx announcement. “With our nation’s ample supply of propane and the fuel’s favorable total cost of ownership, our propane autogas engine is the perfect mix of environmental and economic sustainability,” he said.

Roush and Blue Bird note that over the past year, NOx awareness has increased due to the Volkswagen emissions compliance issue, with the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (F&F, February 18) created to fund actions with cleaner technology that reduce excess emissions of NOx. “Our .05g NOx engine certification will help our school bus and public transit customers target funds,” from the VW mitigation program, Mouw said. “This is especially beneficial for school districts looking for extra funds to replace aging diesel models.”

“The launch of the lowest NOx engine in the class 4-7 space comes at an opportune time,” Mouw told F&F. “Our customers and partners can utilize funds from the upcoming Volkswagen EMT settlement to modernize their fleets with this low NOx propane engine offering the greatest NOx reduction per dollar spent.”

‘No Additional Upfront Cost’

The companies note that the certifications cover the 6.8-liter Roush modification for propane autogas powered school bus and commercial truck “with no additional upfront cost.” Roush has begun installing the new low NOx engines in its Ford commercial vehicles and Blue Bird Vision propane school buses with 2017 model year engines.

“Now it’s no longer just the Cummins Westport natural gas product,” one expert observer says in reference to new low-NOx engines from the joint venture serving the natural gas vehicle market (F&F, May 5).

Propane autogas-powered Blue Bird Vision school buses with fuel systems by Roush CleanTech for the Leander Independent School District in Cedar Park, north of Austin, Texas (F&F, September 26, 2016).


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Roush Propane Buses for Leander ISD

September 26, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Dozen New Blue Birds Are Taking Propane Total to 64

The Leander Independent School District in Texas is adding more propane school buses to its fleet, reporting the August retirement of 20 diesel vehicles “in preparation for the deployment of the new propane models.
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Blue Bird Range at Indianapolis BusCon

September 19, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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
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CleanFuel USA Touts Cook-Illinois Propane

July 26, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘For the First Time Ever, Has Not Purchased Any Diesel Buses’

CleanFuel USA is talking up the recent order of 50 propane autogas-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses from Thomas Built by the Chicago-area operator Cook-Illinois, noting that the vehicles have CleanFuel USA LPI/liquid propane injection fuel systems.
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Roush Propane for Indiana School Buses

January 25, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Eleven for Warren Township, Largest Fleet in the State

Roush CleanTech is talking up the largest propane autogas-powered school bus deployment in the state of Indiana, as the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, just east of Indianapolis, is deploying 11 Blue Bird Propane Vision buses with dedicated-propane Roush fuel systems, this month.
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Roush Propane for Illinois School Buses

December 18, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Olympia School District Converts One Third of Fleet

Roush CleanTech has now supplied 100% propane autogas fuel systems for a dozen Blue Bird buses operated by the Olympia Community Unit #16 School District in Stanford, Ill., near Peoria.
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Hammond Testing Propane in Canada

September 4, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Pilot Project’ of 20 Roush-Powered Blue Birds North of Toronto

Ontario’s Hammond Transportation is testing Roush CleanTech-powered, propane autogas-fueled Type C Blue Bird Vision school buses. updated with new photo on September 8
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Roush Propane Bus = Huge School Savings

August 18, 2015 in Fleet Order, milestones, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Back-to-School Boost as Broward Saves More Than Expected
And DeKalb & Morgantown Schools Test the Clean Fuel Waters

Florida’s Broward County Public Schools got back the extra money it invested in propane autogas-fueled Blue Bird buses far more quickly than had been expected, says fuel system provider Roush CleanTech.
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Blue Bird Bus Is Now a Public Company

February 27, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Claims Overwhelming Lead in Alternative Fuel School Buses

Blue Bird Bus is now a public company, trading under the Nasdaq symbol BLBD. Hennessy Capital Acquisition says it took Blue Bus public via its acquisition of School Bus Holdings, Inc., “which, through its subsidiaries, conducts its business under the ‘Blue Bird’ name,” from The Traxis Group, which is majority-owned by funds affiliated with Cerberus Capital Management.

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Southland for 101 Blue Bird Propanes

September 23, 2014 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

They’ll Transport Students in Calgary and Medicine Hat

Calgary-based school bus operator Southland Transportation has added 101 autogas-fueled Blue Bird Propane Vision buses to two school bus fleets. Districts in Canada are specifying propane for its cold weather operation, reduced maintenance and low emissions, Blue Bird says.
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Propane Propagates by Saving Money

July 21, 2014 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Student Transportation, Inc. Reports Significant Savings in Omaha
Using Roush-Powered Blue Birds, STI Deploys Propane in St. Paul Too
As Washingtonville, N.Y. & Cleveland Schools Also Field Autogas Buses

School districts with 435 propane autogas-fueled Blue Bird school buses in the Omaha area are saving some $5,000 per day, operator Student Transportation, Inc. reports. STI also says that the first of 65 propane-powered Blue Birds, likewise with fuel systems from Roush CleanTech, will be delivered for the St. Paul Public Schools in Minnesota on Wednesday.
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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.
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Broward Blue Birds: 98 Propane Buses

April 7, 2014 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Purchase Is Nation’s Largest Single Propane Autogas Order by a School District’

Florida’s Broward County Public Schools has purchased 98 Blue Bird buses with dedicated-propane autogas fuel systems by Roush CleanTech. The buy represents “the nation’s largest single order of autogas fueled buses by a school district,” states a release by Blue Bird, Roush and Florida Transportation Systems.
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Blue Bird Propane for Canada & Chicago

September 3, 2013 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Absolutely the First in Ontario,’ Says Hamilton Dealer,
As Blue Bird Notches New Orders in the Chicago Area Too

Blue Bird Bus is celebrating new dedicated propane auto school bus placements, with an order for 33 vehicles for students in Hamilton, Ont. marking a geographic first. Separately, two operators in Illinois are taking 45 new propane autogas buses.
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Propane Blue Bird Bus Burns

August 20, 2013 in Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Bus Fire Originated in Area of Left Front Wheel End Assembly,’
Fuel System and Tanks Safety Features ‘Performed as Designed’

Fire destroyed a new dedicated-propane autogas school bus outside Chattanooga on Sunday. Despite some initial reports, “the propane autogas fuel tanks were not compromised in the fire,” according to a statement from Blue Bird Bus.

Blue Bird says it was notified on Monday of the fire in East Ridge, Tenn. that consumed a new bus that was enroute to a dealer.

contributed photo © Chattanooga Times Free Press

contributed photo © Chattanooga Times Free Press

Blue Bird says it “immediately transported the bus to its facility in Fort Valley, Georgia, to complete a thorough investigation. An independent fire investigator concluded that the fire likely originated in the left front wheel end area.

“The preliminary review indicates friction in the wheel end area likely caused the fire,” Blue Bird said Tuesday. “Additional analysis will be conducted to confirm this theory.

The Tires Blew, Not the Fuel Tank

“Initial reports indicated witnesses reported hearing two ‘explosions’ at the scene, which was confirmed to be the sound of the front tires rupturing from the heat of the fire.

“Our findings conclude that this was an isolated event.”

Blue Bird said further, “The investigator confirmed that the multiple safety features in the propane autogas system and fuel tanks performed as designed. As a result of these safeguards, the propane autogas fuel tanks were not compromised in the fire.

“The safety record of Blue Bird propane autogas in school buses is outstanding,” the statement continued. “There have been no propane- related injuries with any of our school buses. There are over 21 million propane-fueled vehicles on the road that travel hundreds of millions of miles a year, and propane has proven to be a safe and efficient fuel.”

Propane autogas-fueled Blue Bird buses have dedicated-propane fuel systems by Roush CleanTech.


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Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press and Blue Bird Bus with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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