Alternative Fuels

New Thomas Built hybrid shown at Arizona dealership

Posted on October 1, 2009
Thomas Built Buses' Saf-T-Liner C2e hybrid school bus was available to test drive at Auto Safety House for a day in August.
Thomas Built Buses' Saf-T-Liner C2e hybrid school bus was available to test drive at Auto Safety House for a day in August.

PHOENIX — School district officials throughout the state had an opportunity to view and test drive Thomas Built Buses’ new Saf-T-Liner C2e hybrid school bus in August when it was on display for a day at Auto Safety House (ASH).

The bus utilizes Eaton Corp.’s hybrid-electric drive system and was manufactured at Thomas Built Buses’ facility in High Point, N.C.

“We are excited about this new hybrid model school bus that we can now offer to school districts,” said Jim LoPresti, president and CEO of ASH. “This enables us to assist in everyone’s objective to improve and sustain our environment and reduce health issues related to diesel emissions.”

Rudy Garcia, vice president of sales and marketing for ASH, said that the system has been tested in stop-and-go duty cycles for the past two years. The tests revealed a fuel savings of 300 to 450 gallons per year based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles.

Moreover, Garcia said that additional benefits include reduced brake wear and component maintenance and quieter operation.

ASH is the designated dealer for Thomas Built Buses in Arizona.


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  • Billy

     | about 7 years ago

    I Drive a school bus in Howard county MD for a really great school bus contractor and My bus is a 2009 Thomas saf-t-liner C2 72 passenger bus, Bus 612 . I got to say I love it more then any bus I ever driven and this C2E is really cool looking too, ha ha esp with the green, even though I do realize the green won't be part of any real c2e bus, but of cause the fuel savings is what is really cool and I am glad to see it will be what makes this bus special and not the green , but I do have one concern or thought about much does this c2e cost? Will it be wroth the extra price or can the higher price justify the savings in fuel? My bus 612 was expensive with a lot of extras like ac and chrome and storage but still I think maybe a strip C2 cost like 80 to 90k so what will the hybrid c2e cost? BTW good luck on getting that c2e Susan Allen but something tell me your not the only bus driver who would like to drive the C2E...THOMAS BUILT BUSES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE SCHOOL BUS MANUFACTURER and with the exception of getting 612 new , before driving bus 612, I drove in Pg county and had a new 2000 Thomas with a international hood, and I love that bus too..Thomas just makes great buses

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