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Thomas Built celebrates environmental achievements
March 24, 2011
The school bus manufacturer has zero-waste-to-landfill operations, meaning that everything received or produced by Thomas Built is used, reused, recycled or sold, and nothing is sent to a landfill. The company is also participating in a solar panel project, and all of its manufacturing facilities became ISO 14001 certified last year.
Amendment to eliminate DERA funding rejected
February 22, 2011
Following news last week that President Obama proposed in his fiscal year 2012 budget to cut the $80 million for the EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign by stopping DERA funding next year, 352 legislators vote against an amendment that would have eliminated funding for the program.
California agency designates $19M for hybrid vehicle voucher program
February 22, 2011
Under the California Air Resources Board’s Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program, public and private fleets statewide can reserve a voucher for up to $40,000 for fuel-efficient hybrid medium- and heavy-duty vehicles through a participating dealership when the vehicle is ordered. The voucher will be redeemed at the time of purchase.
Obama proposes to stop DERA funding in 2012
February 17, 2011
The news comes as the president’s administration releases the fiscal year 2012 budget. The DERA authorizes the allocation of grant funding for the EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign, which has helped pupil transportation operations reduce emissions from their school buses by providing money for pollution-control technology.
Eaton system available for IC Bus hybrid
February 15, 2011
Eaton Corp. worked with IC Bus to specially design its hybrid system for school bus deployment. The hybrid bus combines the MaxxForce DT engine with an electric motor that has a peak power output of 44 kilowatt.
GM unveils propane option for cutaways
February 14, 2011
For the 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 3500 and 4500 vans, GM will offer a “one-stop-shop” approach that delivers a vehicle with a complete LPG fuel system. The cutaways can be converted to various school bus, commercial, shuttle bus and RV requirements.
Blue Bird: 2010 emission-compliant bus sales exceed 5,000
January 31, 2011
The manufacturer says that customers are seeing fuel economy savings with its school buses equipped with SCR to meet the EPA standards. An Indiana transportation director gives details on his district’s experience with the technology.
Propane Micro Bird hits the market
January 11, 2011
The Type A bus from Blue Bird is fully certified and rolling off the line. Meanwhile, a transportation director in New York gives high marks for his propane buses’ performance.
Texas district receives $2M to purchase propane buses
January 6, 2011
Houston Independent School District receives a total of $2,120,500 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Railroad Commission of Texas to help buy the buses. The money will fund 70 percent of the cost, with the district covering the rest.
Obama signs Diesel Emissions Reduction Act
January 6, 2011
The program, which provides funds to reduce emissions from school buses and other diesel vehicles, is reauthorized for another five years. An industry official calls it "one of the most important clean air initiatives passed by Congress in recent years."
Alternative fuel tax credits extended through 2011
January 5, 2011
One credit covers up to 30 percent of the cost of installing propane and CNG fueling stations. Another is a 50-cent per gallon credit for propane and CNG.
Kansas school district purchases 47 CNG buses
December 28, 2010
Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools acquires the Thomas Built Buses HDX units with $4 million provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and matching funds from the school district.
House passes Diesel Emissions Reduction Act
December 21, 2010
The five-year reauthorization of the program, which provides funds to reduce emissions from school buses and other diesel vehicles, now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it.
AQMD awards $40M to replace diesel buses, trucks
December 21, 2010
The South Coast Air Quality Management District designates the money to 11 Southern California school districts and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The funding will help to replace 146 buses and 400 heavy-duty trucks.
Districts receive grants to reduce diesel emissions
December 7, 2010
Iowa’s Bus Emissions Education Program awards $38,000 grants to seven districts. The grants will allow the districts to replace a 1993 model year or older bus with a new one that meets 2010 EPA certification.
Senate committee passes DERA
December 2, 2010
The five-year reauthorization of the program, which provides funds to reduce emissions from school buses and other diesel vehicles, is approved by the Environment and Public Works Committee. The passage is called a key step in continuing "a vital clean air program that has benefited communities in every single state in the nation."
More details on forthcoming propane bus, engine
November 17, 2010
CleanFUEL USA and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. partner to build and certify a multi-purpose 8-liter General Motors propane engine. The first versions will be used for a Thomas Built Buses Type C school bus and a Freightliner straight truck chassis.
Cummins supports greenhouse gas, fuel efficiency standards
November 16, 2010
Company executive Dr. Stephen J. Charlton testifies at a public hearing about the EPA and NHTSA's proposed Heavy-Duty National Program, which would reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency for heavy-duty engines and vehicles. Charlton says that Cummins looks forward to working with the agencies to deliver a final rule on the program.
Los Angeles district opens new CNG fueling facility
November 11, 2010
The facility will support 317 school buses powered by the alternative fuel. It is the latest effort from the district to operate environmentally-friendly buses; it is also replacing older buses with hybrid units and buses powered by biodiesel and propane.
Propane injection system ‘greens’ buses, saves money
November 10, 2010
The Powershot 2000 injects propane in increasing amounts into a bus engine’s air intake system as the boost pressure level of the engine increases. Operations in Arizona and Wisconsin test the system on older school buses and report getting better fuel mileage and seeing substantial reductions in exhaust emissions.

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