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Thomas Built C2 CNG: 220 & Counting

June 3, 2016 in ACT Expo 2015, CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lots of Orders for New Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG School Bus

Thomas Built Buses has released further details about orders for its new compressed natural gas-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school bus, which is entering production this month. updated June 6 and July 28 (corrected North Kansas City bus count)

Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG bus – the orders are rolling in.

Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG bus – the orders are rolling in.

“This will be the first compressed natural gas engine in the industry on the popular Type C product,” the company says (F&F, June 1).

Orders already in hand include

  • 110 Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG buses for North Kansas City (as well as 14 Type A Minter buses);
  • 25 for Blue Springs, Mo. (east of Kansas City); and
  • 71 for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The new Type C school bus is powered by the 6.7-liter, dedicated-natural gas, spark-ignition Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G engine. The engine was formally unveiled at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas last year (F&F, May 5, 2015).

The new Thomas built buses have G-Stor Pro brand Type III CNG fuel cylinders by Luxfer.


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More Trillium CNG for Los Angeles USD

June 16, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Second Fueling Station to Be Built for Agency in Downtown L.A.

Trillium CNG says it’s been picked to design, build, operate and maintain a second compressed natural gas fueling station “for the largest operator of CNG-fueled school buses in the country, the Los Angeles Unified School District.” updated June 17

Trillium CNG owns and operates a CNG station in Gardena, Calif. that it designed and built for the exclusive use of the Los Angeles Unified School District in January, 2000.

Trillium CNG owns and operates a CNG station in Gardena, Calif. that it designed and built for the exclusive use of the Los Angeles Unified School District in January, 2000.

The new private station at LAUSD’s San Julian Garage near downtown Los Angeles will be the second and operated by Trillium CNG for the agency, supplementing a facility in Gardena, to the south, that dates from January 2000.

The San Julian site will feature 102 time-fill posts and a single fast-fill dispenser, Trillium says, with fuel dispensed overnight using two 150 horsepower compressors. The new station is expected to deliver 500,000 gasoline gallons equivalent per year.

529 Type D School Buses on CNG

LAUSD operates 529 CNG-fueled Type D school buses, says transportation director Donald Wilkes. “Fuel cost savings range from $1.50 to $2.50” per gallon equivalent,” he says, depending on vehicle type.

LAUSD also operates 141 propane autogas-fueled Type C school buses, Wilkes told F&F, as well as white fleet vehicles powered by propane, CNG and liquefied natural gas, and hybrid electrics. “Additionally, all remaining diesel engine school buses in the fleet operate on biodiesel fuel,” he adds.

“Operation of alternative fuel vehicles has contributed towards LAUSD’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2,600 metric tons,” Wilkes says.


Early Adopter

“The Los Angeles Unified School District was an early adopter of CNG for school buses and has realized for over a decade the economic and environmental benefits of using an American transportation fuel,” Trillium CNG president Mary Boettcher said in the new station announcement.

Trillium+LAUSD

Longtime clean air collaborators

“We value our 15-year working relationship,” she said.

The San Julian groundbreaking is slated for late next month. Trillium says it expects the new facility to be built and operating by October.

Trillium CNG is to maintain the station for 15 years.


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Blue Bird Rides the Propane Wave

September 19, 2012 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Wraps Delivery of Its Largest Order, 86 to First Student in Portland

Blue Bird Bus has completed delivery of 86 dedicated propane autogas school buses with Roush CleanTech systems to First Student, for service with the Portland Public Schools in Oregon. It was largest single order to date of propane buses for Blue Bird and Roush.
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