Blue Bird debuts new CNG powertrain for school bus

Blue Bird Corp. has unveiled its Type C Vision bus which will be fueled by compressed natural gas and offer reduced fuel and maintenance costs.

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Blue Bird Corporation of Fort Valley, GA, an independent designer and manufacturer of school buses in North America, has debuted its latest innovations at the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) Annual Summit in Richmond, VA. The presentation included its first Type C Vision bus fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG).

Blue Bird will begin production of the CNG-powered Type C Vision bus in 2016. The company claims that with its excellent performance and quiet operation, the Blue Bird Vision CNG will reduce fuel and maintenance costs while meeting stringent emissions standards. The CNG-powered school buses will utilize Blue Bird’s exclusive and established partnership with Ford and ROUSH CleanTech, deploying Ford’s 6.8L V10 engine and 6R140 transmission with ROUSH CleanTech’s fuel system.

With the same engine and transmission architecture covering propane, gasoline and CNG-powered school buses, Blue Bird’s customers and technicians are assured of simpler and easier maintenance and service.

The new Type C CNG-powered model joins the Type D CNG bus currently offered by Blue Bird and will be available for delivery in late 2016.