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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 Touts Propane for Medium Trucks

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, delivery vehicles, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Case Has Been Made in School Buses: 10,000-Plus Vehicles

Roush CleanTech promoted the potential for propane autogas for medium duty vehicles at last week’s ACT Expo.
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E. Stroudsburg ASD Going with Propane

January 6, 2017 in Fleet Order, Infrastructure, Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Sites to Support Fueling of 122 Propane School Buses

The East Stroudsburg Area School District in eastern Pennsylvania has approved the first-phase purchase of 52 propane autogas school buses, and is to decide this month how to fuel them at two different sites.
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MTS San Diego Has Its 1st Propane Buses

September 27, 2016 in Fleet Order, paratransit, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency Has Taken Delivery of the First of 77 Shuttles
With Roush CleanTech Fuel Systems Installed by GAS

San Diego MTS, the city’s Metropolitan Transit System, said today that it’s taken delivery of the first of 77 propane autogas-fueled shuttle buses.
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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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Delaware Transit’s 130 Propane Shuttles

August 8, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush-Powered Ford E-450s with Sharp Energy for Fuel

Delaware Transit Corp has cut the ribbon on a Sharp Energy propane autogas fueling station in New Castle that’s to support 130 vehicles for its Dart paratransit operation, the Delaware Department of Transportation reports. DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan did the honors at a ceremony this past Wednesday, August 3. updated August 10
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Flint Groceries via Propane Autogas

August 5, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

MTA Adds Roush Autogas Vehicles to Serve ‘Food Deserts’

The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Mich. said today that on Monday it will deploy nine additional propane autogas-fueled vans for its “Ride to Groceries” service in Genesee County, north of Detroit.
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Blue Bird’s Gen 4 Vision Propane Bus

August 5, 2016 in Propane, propane autogas, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Roush-Powered, as “We and Our Partners Continue to Innovate’

Blue Bird is talking up its “Vision Gen 4 Propane” as the latest version of its popular Type C school bus. The vehicle has a Roush CleanTech fuel system, with a new “EconoShift” engine calibration for maximum fuel efficiency.


Blue Bird Vision Propane – the new Gen 4 featues improved fuel lines, filters, pumps and connectors.

Blue Bird Vision Propane – the new Gen 4 featues improved fuel lines, filters, pumps and connectors – and ‘EconoShift’ calibration for better fuel economy.

Other improvements include

  • easier servicing due to repositioned sending units and pre-injector filters, along with O-ring sealed fuel lines and a new optional Euro-style fill connector; and
  • increased reliability, with infinitely variable speed dual fuel pumps and thinner fuel rails that reduce start time up to 50%.

“We and our partners continue to innovate and develop affordable, industry-leading products that our school bus customers want and value,” Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock said in a release.

“The Blue Bird Vision Gen 4 Propane and Vision CNG buses are excellent examples of our spirit of innovation,” he said.


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Roush Blue Bird Propane for Bradford

August 2, 2016 in Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Estimated $1,500 Annual Savings for Each Propane Bus

The Bradford Area School District in northern Pennsylvania is saving money while enjoying improved reliability with propane autogas-fueled Blue Bird buses, says fuel system provider Roush CleanTech. updated on August 3
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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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13 Roush Propane F-59s for Peapod

May 31, 2016 in Companies, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Online Grocer Got Six Trucks Last Year, Expects Seven More Next Week

It’s a propane baker’s dozen for Peapod in Chicago, as the online grocer is adding seven autogas-fueled delivery trucks to six already in place at its Lake Zurich facility in suburban Chicago.
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Roush for LeeTran: 20 Propane Shuttles

May 13, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We Are Paying About 50¢ Per Gallon for Propane Autogas,’
Agency Plans to Switch Entire Paratransit Fleet in Five Years

Fort Myers, Fla.-based LeeTran now operates 20 paratransit vehicles on 100% propane autogas, comprising some 45% of its fleet, and according to fuel system supplier Roush CleanTech plans to switch entirely to propane within five years.
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Kyrene SD Adds 75 Roush Blue Birds

April 26, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

Phoenix-Area District Has 98 Propane Autogas Buses

The Phoenix-area Kyrene School District now has 98 Blue Bird Vision school buses, having added 73 this year to 25 bought in 2014, says fuel systems provider Roush CleanTech. The addition means that 85% of the district fleet is propane-fueled.
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Roush Propane for Ford F-750 Trucks

April 8, 2016 in Fleet Order, New Products, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

6.8-Liter V-10 Engine, 50 Gallons of Propane Standard

Roush CleanTech has introduced a propane autogas fuel system for the Ford F-750 chassis it says “costs less than similar diesel counterparts.” updated April 11
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More Roush Propane Blue Birds for Derry

April 1, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hershey School District Places Three Buses, Plans for More

Pennsylvania’s Derry Township School District has deployed three Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, and according to fuel system supplier Roush CleanTech

  • will place three more in service for the 2016-2017 school year, and
  • “plans to continue adding propane autogas buses to its fleet in the coming years.”

Derry Township driver Denise Grierson fuels one of the new propane autogas school buses.

Derry Township driver Denise Grierson fuels one of the new propane autogas school buses.



“It’s our department’s goal to save money in transportation costs that can be used for better purposes,” Steve Bell, director of transportation and garage operations for Hershey-based DTSD, says in a Roush release.

“Our normal preventative maintenance will cost about $240 less per bus per year with the propane autogas buses,” he said. “The down time and other repair costs will definitely be less than our diesel buses.”

‘Better for the Environment as Well as the Bottom Line’

He said too that the district’s use of more environmentally friendly buses fits well into efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

“It is better for the environment as well as the bottom line,” said Brian Carney, group account director for Roush CleanTech.

“We’re delighted,” said Blue Bird president and CEO Phil Horlock.


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Source: Roush CleanTech with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Roush for 239 Trucks for Nestlé & Bimbo

March 7, 2016 in Fleet Order, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

155 Propane Autogas Ford F-650 Vehicles for Nestlé Waters,
84 Propane Autogas Ford F59-Chassis Units for Bimbo Bakeries

Roush CleanTech has disclosed orders for 239 new propane autogas trucks: 155 Ford F-650 vehicles for Nestlé Waters North America to be placed in service beginning next month, and 84 F59-chassis vehicles for Bimbo Bakeries for Chicago and Denver (deployed in January) and for Washington, D.C. (beginning this month).
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