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Thomas Built Type C CNG Deliveries Begin

July 29, 2016 in CNG, Fleet Order, milestones, NGVs, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

North Kansas City Is Taking 110 of the New Units:
All Funding Via Daimler Financial with No Grants

Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses is celebrating the sale – and start of deliveries – of 110 of its new Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school buses to the North Kansas City School District.
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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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Source: Thomas Built Buses with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

New Thomas Built CNG School Bus

June 1, 2016 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Order Book Is Open for the Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG

Thomas Built Buses, along with Daimler affiliate Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp have launched the compressed natural gas version of their Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus, the Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG.

Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG bus – the order book is open.

Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG bus – the order book is open.

“This will be the first compressed natural gas engine in the industry on the popular Type C product,” states a release. “Orders can now officially be placed.”

The Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG is powered by the 6.7-liter, dedicated-natural gas, spark-ignition Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G engine. The new bus is California Air Resources Board-certified and exceeds EPA 2013 emission requirements. It has an Allison 2000 series transmission.

‘Lower-Priced, Cleaner and Increasingly Abundant Fuel’

“Since we launched the Saf-T-Liner HDX CNG 20 years ago, we’ve seen how efficient and economical CNG can be for our customers,” Thomas Built president and CEO Caley Edgerly said in a release.


“We are pleased to take our ever-popular C2 model and upfit it to be used with compressed natural gas for the many school districts which are looking for a lower-priced, cleaner and increasingly abundant fuel supply,” he said, terming the Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG “a great addition to our family of alternative-fueled buses.”

‘Orders Are Rolling in Now’

“Orders are rolling in now and production is expected to begin” this month, the manufacturer says. Missouri’s North Kansas City and Blue Springs school districts are among the early takers.


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Source: Daimler/Thomas Built with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Minnesota District Opts for Propane

November 3, 2015 in Fleet Order, Propane, propane autogas by Jon LeSage  |  No Comments

Acquiring 41 Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2s

Thomas Built Buses’ Saf-T-Liner C2 propane-powered school buses have impressed a Minnesota school district enough to order 38 more for its fleet. Independent School District 15 (ISD 15), located in St. Francis, Minn., tested three propane-powered buses and placed an order for 41 of the district’s 51 buses to be propane autogas-powered during the 2015-16 school year.
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CleanFuel USA for New Propane Pair

July 16, 2014 in New Products, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

FCCC’s S2G and Thomas Built C2 Are Both in Full Production

CleanFuel USA is talking up its role in two new propane autogas powered vehicles, both now in full production: the S2G truck chassis by Freightliner Customer Chassis Corp and the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus.

Propane autogas proponent CleanFuel USA is promoting its role on the S2G by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp and the Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus by Thomas Built. Both are powered by the 8.0-liter ‘PIthon’ engine by Powertrain Integration with CleanFuel USA fuel system.

Propane autogas proponent CleanFuel USA is promoting its role on the S2G by Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp and the Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus by Thomas Built. Both are powered by the 8.0-liter ‘PIthon’ engine by Powertrain Integration with CleanFuel USA fuel system.

CleanFuel USA supplies the liquid propane injection fuel system for the vehicles’ 8.0-liter engine by Powertrain Integration, including fuel rails, lines, tank package with fuel pump, and control module. The engine is now marketed as the PIthon (F&F, May 11).

“The CleanFuel USA LPI propane autogas fuel system is technologically advanced, fully integrated and factory-installed, requiring no aftermarket modifications, for seamless integration and consistent quality,” CleanFuel USA said this morning.

Potential? ‘Huge’

Both vehicles are U.S. EPA- and California Air Resources Board-certified.

“We are ecstatic that the S2G and C2 are in full production, as demand is strong in the fleet industry for propane-powered solutions that meet these two vehicles’ market needs,” said, CleanFuel USA founder and managing director Curtis Donaldson said in a release.

“With a significant order bank and ever-increasing customer interest, the potential for both products is huge.”

The PIthon engine produces 495 foor-pounds of torque at 3100 rpm and 339 horsepower at 4100 rpm, CleanFuel USA. Both the S2G truck and C2 bus feature Allison 2300 automatic transmission with PTO provision.


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Source: CleanFuel USA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

149 Lease-Purchase CNG School Buses

August 2, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Thomas Built & Clean Energy Fuels for Innovative Missouri Program:
‘The Nation’s Largest School Bus Transition to Compressed Natural Gas’

Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses and Clean Energy Fuels are among the winners as the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District outside Kansas City celebrates a ten-year lease-purchase program for “the nation’s largest school bus transition to compressed natural gas.” This fiscal year is to see deployment of 106 Thomas Built buses via Midwest Bus Sales.
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