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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.
After the Storm: Rebuilding the Bus Plant
February 8, 2011

When a microburst inflicted heavy damage on Collins Bus Corp.’s manufacturing facility, employees pulled together to keep bus production rolling throughout the repair process.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Propane Type A buses delivered to Oregon district
November 4, 2010
Portland Public Schools is running five NexBus units from Collins Bus Corp. that are powered by the alternative fuel. The manufacturer says that the buses exhibit excellent cold-weather starting and have a range of 300 miles.
Survey: Propane, hybrid use grows among district bus fleets
October 28, 2010
Finding is among the results of SBF’s School District Survey, which also shows an increase in budget cutbacks for busing and more districts reporting driver shortage.
LAUSD honored for operating propane-powered buses
October 20, 2010
The district earns a “Propane Hero” award during this week’s Green Fleet Conference. The district purchased 90 buses from Blue Bird Corp. last year that run on the alternative fuel.
Valvoline engine oil provides lubrication protection
October 12, 2010
Benefits of Premium Blue GEO 15W-40 include reduced ash content, valve recession protection and advanced oxidation control. It is recommended for use in compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas or propane-powered engines.
Thomas Built propane bus in the works
October 5, 2010
The manufacturer confirms that it is developing a propane-fueled school bus. It is targeted to be launched in 2012.
Case study: District sees benefits from running propane buses
September 30, 2010
A study by the Propane Education and Research Council reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District considered the environmental and safety advantages when deciding to operate its buses on the alternative fuel.
Propane Type A unit debuts at BusCon
September 29, 2010
The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin G5 school bus incorporates a liquid propane system by Roush Performance Products, runs on a Ford 6.8L engine and was built on a Ford E-450 chassis.
Texas, Michigan districts to receive propane buses
July 30, 2010
Denton Independent School District will add seven Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses to its fleet of 44 propane units next month. Nine Propane-Powered Visions will be delivered to Zeeland Public Schools this month.
Texas PTA praised for providing 'clean bus' grants
July 23, 2010
Michael Williams of the Texas Railroad Commission commends the association’s bestowal of a $95,654 Clean School Bus grant to Leander ISD and a $110,889 grant to Silsbee ISD for buying propane-powered school buses. Williams cites the environmental and economic benefits of utilizing the alternative fuel.
Collins propane bus in full production
July 23, 2010
The NexBus Propane Type A has gone through certification and will be available under the Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil brands.
Steve Girardin discusses new propane Type A
July 15, 2010
The Micro Bird president says that liquid propane power has “excellent cold start capability and quiet power when needed for the steepest hills.” The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin is scheduled to be offered for sale starting this month, with production beginning toward the end of this year.

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