Thomas Built Buses, along with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, has announced the official launch of the Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school bus. This will be the first compressed natural gas (CNG) engine in the industry on the popular Type C product. Although a number of school districts already have shown interest in the new bus, orders can now officially be placed.
The Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG utilizes the Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G 6-7 L natural gas engine and an Allison 2000 Series transmission. The new bus is CARB-certified and exceeds EPA 2013 emissions requirements.
Like all other C2 models, the Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG features excellent driver ergonomics and maneuverability, along with the best visibility, safety and durability in its class.
“Today we are proud to open orders for the new Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG. 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,” says Caley Edgerly, President and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “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. The Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG is a great addition to our family of alternative-fueled buses.”
Thomas Built’s green vehicle lineup also includes the Saf-T-Liner C2 Propane, Saf-T-Liner HDX CNG, Minotour Propane and Minotour CNG.
Several school districts already have committed to being among the first to purchase the new Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school buses as they roll off the line including North Kansas City School District and Blue Springs School District in Missouri. Orders are rolling in now and production is expected to begin next month.