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John Clements to serve as advisor for Motiv Power Systems
May 22, 2014
In the part-time role, Clements, who retired last year as director of transportation for California’s Kings Canyon Unified School District, will offer school bus industry advice and general operations knowledge to the company, among other duties. Last year, Motiv partnered with Trans Tech Bus to develop the SSTe all-electric school bus.
Alt-fuel school bus options are growing
May 22, 2014

Manufacturers are meeting the demand for clean-burning, money-saving yellow buses by offering more powered by propane autogas and compressed natural gas, as well as all-electric units. Here’s a look at some of the school buses in development, on the market and in service at operations.

Ohio school district acquires 49 propane buses
May 15, 2014
Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses will replace 12- to-13-year-old diesel buses. The propane units will go into operation for the 2014-15 school year.
Collins Bus Corp. launches new CNG Type A school bus
May 14, 2014
The school bus manufacturer has partnered with Westport on the bus, which features the Westport WiNG Power System, a dedicated natural gas fuel system. The bus also features a large passenger-side cab view window, an exterior storage compartment, and it provides an estimated 250- to 300-mile range. Collins Bus is accepting orders for the bus, and delivery to customers will begin in the fall, according to the company.
8.0L PIthon engine to power Thomas Built propane bus
May 9, 2014
Powertrain Integration (PI) names its 8.0L V8 propane autogas engine the PIthon. It has been selected as the engine platform for Thomas Built Buses' new propane-powered Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus.
EPA offers $9 million in clean diesel funding
May 1, 2014
The agency is now soliciting proposals for the 2014 National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program, which provides grants to retrofit or replace older diesel vehicles — including school buses — to reduce emissions.
Companies partner to develop batteries for Lion all-electric bus
April 14, 2014
EnerDel Inc. will build the main battery components in Indiana, and B3CG Interconnect Inc. will complete the final battery and wiring harness assembly in Quebec.
CleanFUEL USA unveils new propane fuel management system
April 14, 2014
Officials for the propane technology supplier say that with the new CleanFUEL eCONNECT system, fleet managers can economically monitor and control fuel inventories with real-time data insight, flexible report storage and remote access capabilities.
EPA honors North Carolina for clean air initiatives
April 10, 2014
The federal agency selects the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Division of Air Quality in the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for a Clean Air Excellence Award in the Transportation Efficiency Innovations category. The program that the EPA recognizes, “Clean School Bus NC: Kids Breathe Here,” is chosen for its impact, innovation and replicability.
Florida district buys 98 propane buses
April 7, 2014
Broward County Public Schools’ move is being called the nation’s largest single order of propane autogas school buses by a school district. Broward officials say that they expect a six-month return on investment for the additional purchase price of the alternative-fuel buses due to fuel cost and maintenance savings.
Hydraulic hybrid system offered for buses
April 1, 2014
Lightning Hybrids has released a new version of its hydraulic hybrid system for certain types of school and commercial buses. Hydraulic pumps/motors and an accumulator (power storage unit) are added to existing engines to store braking energy and use it to accelerate the vehicle.
California district pilots electric drive system on bus
March 27, 2014
Escondido Union High School District is testing the ElecTruck Drive System from TransPower for one month. The system has been retrofitted on a Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner HDX unit, and Director of Transportation Robert Berkstresser says data being tracked during the pilot period include the battery stability, motor efficiency and the reserve percentage of energy after a route.
Trans Tech all-electric bus in service at California district
March 3, 2014
The SSTe is the first of four electric buses in service at Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD), and officials say the bus is expected to save over $10,000 a year in fuel and maintenance costs. Transportation Director Jason Flores says that going electric “is just one more important step in KCUSD's ongoing portfolio of measures to protect our children, serve our community and be good stewards of our environment.”
Missouri district ‘goes green’ with CNG buses
February 24, 2014
Parkway School District in Chesterfield is taking delivery of 30 Saf-T-Liner HDX compressed natural gas Thomas Built buses, with nine in service since the beginning of February. The district is also building a CNG fueling station on-site.
ROUSH CleanTech hires 37-year Ford veteran
February 5, 2014
Rob Stevens is named vice president of strategy for the company, which supplies propane autogas fuel system technology for Blue Bird and Micro Bird school buses, among other vehicles.
CleanFUEL USA gains UL listing for propane dispenser
January 29, 2014
The company’s Gilbarco Encore S liquefied petroleum gas retail fuel dispenser gains the distinction as an Underwriters Laboratories listing, which CleanFUEL officials say “signifies our commitment to exceeding customer expectations in alternative-fuel dispensing.”
Propane video series includes school bus edition
January 28, 2014
The "Straight Talk" videos from the Propane Education & Research Council feature stories from five managers who use propane autogas in significant portions of their fleets. First up is Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools.
Report: Blue Bird propane bus performs well in cold temps
January 17, 2014
Officials from school districts and bus companies on the East Coast and in the Midwest report easy starting, quick warm-up and quiet operation of the propane Vision school buses in their fleets during the recent cold snap. Blue Bird says propane autogas’ natural properties keep the fuel in a constant liquid form, free from freezing or gelling, and the liquid form provides better control of the air-to-fuel ratio, resulting in excellent start-up dependability.
Trans Tech all-electric bus passes certification in California
January 17, 2014
The SSTe is now legal to operate in the state after passing the California Highway Patrol’s certification, and the first bus is scheduled to go to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, Calif. Officials for Trans Tech Bus say the SSTe is scheduled to start full production later this year.
Push for electric school buses in Massachusetts
December 19, 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration are investing in three programs to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across Massachusetts, including the launch of an electric school bus pilot program. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources will provide $1.8 million in grants for eight electric school buses with vehicle-to-grid capability.

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