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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.
Trans Tech debuts electric school bus at NAPT Summit
October 23, 2011
Attendees get their first in-person look at the school bus manufacturer’s eTrans Type A unit, which features a zero-emissions chassis and a regenerative braking system. Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, Calif., is set to receive the first bus. Director of Transportation John Clements discusses with SBF his plans for operating the bus.
Riteway taps solar power to charge buses
October 18, 2011
The contractor, which won NSTA's Go Yellow, Go Green award this summer, has taken a multifaceted approach to protecting the environment. The most innovative element is a solar station that supplies power for plug-in hybrid school buses.
Collins Bus Corp. honored for recycling efforts
October 11, 2011
The school bus manufacturer wins the Green Corporate Citizen Award at the inaugural Corporate Recycling & Waste Conference. Officials say Collins has reduced its waste stream by more than 90 percent in two years through its 2009 company-wide recycling initiative and a new single-stream recycling program that began this year.
Trans Tech goes green with electric school bus
October 11, 2011

The Type A school bus manufacturer’s 42-passenger eTrans unit will feature a zero-emissions chassis, a regenerative braking system and the ability to travel 100 to 130 miles per charge. The bus is scheduled to debut at this year’s National Association for Pupil Transportation conference and to go into production next year.

District cuts costs by running propane-powered buses
October 10, 2011
Zeeland (Mich.) Public Schools purchased nine new Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses in August 2010. Transportation Director David Meeuwsen says the district averages a savings of 80 cents per gallon with propane versus biodiesel fuel, and that once the district applies for the 50-cent-per-gallon government tax credit, he approximates fuel savings of 30 percent.
Texas district gets $2M to buy propane buses
September 20, 2011
Northside Independent School District in San Antonio receives a $2,001,682 check for buying 122 Blue Bird propane school buses. Director of Transportation Rafael Salazar notes that the district “has been committed to using propane for the past 30 years.”
Utah bus idling reduction program inspires statewide effort
September 7, 2011
Gov. Gary Herbert declares September 2011 “Idle Free Awareness Month,” and the declaration cites the success of Utah’s school bus idling reduction program as an example for the rest of the state. Murrell Martin of the Utah State Office of Education discusses with SBF the benefits of the program since its inception in 2008.
N.J. district ran bus on biodiesel for 13 years
August 2, 2011
Medford Township Public Schools was reportedly the first in New Jersey to run a school bus on B20 biodiesel. Joe Biluck, who was fleet manager at the time, tells SBF that the bus has never had any major engine work — it’s only being taken out of service because of the state’s mandatory retirement age.

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