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Blue Bird receives EPA, CARB engine certification
February 21, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s 2010 through 2012 model Vision and All American units, which are equipped with Cummins’ ISB6.7 engine, are certified by the agencies. Officials say the ability to deliver these ratings can be attributed to Cummins’ total system integration with selective catalytic reduction technology.
EPA awards grant to N.Y. contractor
February 16, 2012
Chestnut Ridge Transportation receives the grant to replace and/or upgrade the school bus fleets it operates for East Ramapo and Ramapo central school districts. The funding is awarded as part of the NSTA's "Go Yellow, Go Green" national campaign, which encourages cleaner operation of school buses.
Ariz. district sees success with propane buses
February 13, 2012
Mesa Public Schools reports savings of about 25.1 cents per mile for the propane Micro Bird Type A school buses it began running last fall. In April, the district will take delivery of six propane Blue Bird Type Cs.
EPA, CARB certify Cummins' new school bus ratings
February 7, 2012
Officials say the engine manufacturer will begin production of the new ratings for its ISB6.7 unit this month. The new ratings for the ISB6.7 are certified at 0.20g oxides of nitrogen per brake horsepower (hp) hour without the use of emissions credits, and they include offerings of 220 hp with 520 lb.-ft. of torque and 250 hp with 660 lb.-ft. of torque.
Electric bus brings changes
February 7, 2012

Kings Canyon USD was the first district in the nation to receive an eTrans all-electric school bus from Trans Tech Bus. The district hopes to acquire five more within the next year.

Calif. agency to award $1M in grants for alt-fuel bus projects
February 6, 2012
Of the $1 million, $496,696 will go to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, and the rest will go to the San Diego Air Pollution Control District as part of the California Air Resources Board’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Project initiative. Kings Canyon’s grant money will fund two eTrans all-electric school buses, which will be among the buses the district loans out for trial operation at other school districts.
Blue Bird talks propane at Wis. education event
January 19, 2012
Reps from the school bus manufacturer and Charter Fuels are on hand during the 2012 Wisconsin State Education Convention this week to discuss the advantages of running school fleets on propane.
TV show features Kan. district’s CNG buses
January 12, 2012
Kansas City Public Schools acquired a new fleet of 47 compressed natural gas school buses, made possible by a stimulus grant. The public television program MotorWeek gives an overview of the district’s project — from funding to fueling equipment.
Collins to build CNG buses
December 19, 2011
The Type A manufacturer partners with BAF to develop the first Type A school bus with a compressed natural gas fuel system. The option will be available on several Collins models starting in spring 2012.
Researchers engineer E. coli to make fuels
December 15, 2011
Officials at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered the first strains of the bacteria that can digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into advanced biofuels to replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. The microbes are reportedly able to do this without enzyme additives.
Atlantic Express buys 25 Collins propane buses
December 6, 2011
The school bus contractor purchases the Collins Bus Corp. Type A propane-powered buses for its Los Angeles Unified School District contract. The buses are built on General Motors chassis with liquid propane injection systems by CleanFuel USA.
GM to offer LPG option for school bus cutaways
December 6, 2011
The 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 4500 vans, which are used in Type A school bus applications, will be available with a 35 gallon useable fuel capacity LPG system. Company officials say a one-stop-shop approach will make ordering convenient.
Trans Tech’s electric bus makes West Coast debut
December 1, 2011
The Type A school bus manufacturer’s eTrans unit appears at the California School Board Association’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show on Thursday and Friday. Trans Tech President Dan Daniels says that the company has seen a “great deal” of interest in the bus coming from school districts in the state.
Many options for alternative fuels
November 22, 2011

Alternative fuels are already being derived from an eclectic range of sources; the future will surely hold many more.

Company helps Calif. district ‘green’ fleet with biodiesel
November 21, 2011
Buster Biofuels partners with Legoland California, the San Diego Padres and other entities to collect their grease and oil, recycling it into biodiesel to power San Dieguito Union High School District buses. The district is currently powering two buses with a B20 biodiesel blend and plans to eventually run its entire fleet on the fuel.
Trans Tech electric bus features Weldon products
November 14, 2011
The Type A school bus manufacturer’s eTrans unit is equipped with Weldon’s energy-efficient V-LED technology and V-MUX multiplexing system. Officials say the LEDs have “extraordinary” brightness and signaling power, while the multiplexing system controls all lighting, and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
School bus alt-fuel technology is focus of new event
November 10, 2011
The one-day symposium, created by SAE International, aims to help attendees “make properly informed decisions about the pros and cons of converting their buses to either hybrid electric, propane or compressed natural gas technology.” School officials as well as OEMs and suppliers will give presentations.
Ariz. district expects big savings in jump to propane
November 10, 2011
Mesa Public Schools, which has the largest school bus fleet in the state, purchases 27 propane-powered Blue Bird and Micro Bird models. Transportation chief Ron Latko tells SBF that he estimates the district will save more than $105,000 in fuel costs this year with the propane buses.
Calif. agency adds $10K to vouchers for hybrid buses
November 7, 2011
Thomas Built’s Saf-T-Liner C2e hybrid school bus and IC Bus’ CE Series bus with a hybrid-electric system are eligible for the funding as part of the California Air Resources Board's Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project. Joe Calavita, air pollution specialist for the agency, tells SBF that previously, most buses were eligible for $20,000 each, and now pupil transporters can get $30,000, plus $5,000 for the first bus purchased.
EPA awards $1.3M in Missouri, Kansas for clean buses
November 7, 2011
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources receives $999,460 for its “Clean Up Missouri” Project to replace, retrofit and repower school buses throughout the state, while the Kansas Department of Health & Environment receives $343,450 for similar efforts. The money will go toward 196 school buses in Missouri and 59 buses in Kansas.

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