IC Bus Completes Biggest Propane Bus Order

IC Bus is delivering 149 CE Series school buses powered by Power Solutions Intl. LP propane engines.

IC Bus announces it will complete an order of 149 CE Series school buses by Durham School Services, powered by the Power Solutions International (PSI) 8.8-L LP propane engine. The new buses will serve the community and families of Waterbury Public Schools in Connecticut. 

"IC Bus is honored to partner with Durham School Services in providing Waterbury Public Schools environmentally friendly, reliable and safe transportation," says Trish Reed, Vice President and General Manager, IC Bus. "To date, this order represents the single largest deployment of propane-powered school buses in the state of Connecticut and demonstrates our customers' continued confidence in our products."

Purpose-built for the school bus industry, the CE Series with PSI propane engine is designed to provide diesel-like performance with higher torque at lower engine speeds. The high torque-low speed design greatly benefits stop-and-start applications to allow immediate acceleration after stops and greater hill climbing capability. This not only improves startability and gradability, but also eliminates excessive noise, heat and vibration associated with constant engine revving. Minimal revving reduces engine wear, oil usage and maintenance, while increasing durability and efficiency.

The buses are being built at the IC Bus assembly plant in Tulsa, OK. Deliveries began in June 2016 and will be complete this summer in time for back-to-school transportation needs in the 2016-2017 school year.

"We strive to be environmentally friendly and work hard to earn high scores for our 'green fleet' efforts," says Steve Schmuck, VP of Durham School Services operations, East. "Propane is an option in that evolution. We are pleased to have partnered with IC Bus as these new buses will help improve the Waterbury community environmentally, while getting our students to school safely, on time and ready to learn."