New gasoline and CNG school buses, a V8 diesel engine, and electronic stability control are among the offerings that customers experience at a Blue Bird event in Nashville.
New features include a vocational model guide in the "Favorites" section to allow specific ratings pages to be bookmarked.
The increased transmission warranty will be on Thomas school bus models built in 2016 that include the Allison 2500, 2550, 2300 or 2350 PTS.
At the NAPT trade show, the school bus OEM showcases its various options for engine and transmission. Also, the company plans to add a gasoline engine option in the near future, then natural gas as demand grows.
The OEM will offer a new compressed natural gas school bus, a new Cummins diesel engine and a new Eaton transmission next year.
Eaton’s new seven-speed Procision transmissions will be available in IC Bus CE Series school buses in late 2015.
The manufacturer’s school buses are now available with FuelSense Basic in the Allison 1000 and 2000 series transmissions paired with either the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine or the MaxxForce DT engine. The company will also offer FuelSense Plus and Max as optional packages beginning in the spring of 2015.
The basic level of Allison Transmission’s fuel-savings technology is a standard offering on Blue Bird buses, company officials reaffirm. Also, Blue Bird announces that it will soon offer FuelSense Plus and Max as optional packages.
Allison Transmission’s FuelSense fuel-saving technology will come standard on Thomas Built’s Saf-T-Liner C2, Saf-T-Liner EFX and Saf-T-Liner HDX school buses produced on or after Oct. 1, 2014.
The 1350 model, available in Allison’s Pupil Transport/Shuttle Series and other applications, comes equipped with a park pawl. The company says that this avoids the need for an air brake and enhances ease of use for the driver.
The company is continuing for another three years a warranty program with Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. Under the program, when using Petro-Canada’s Heavy Duty Synthetic Blend Automatic Transmission Fluid in new deliveries of Voith DIWA transmissions, the transmission’s base warranty coverage is extended from 24 months/150,000 miles to 30 months/150,000 miles.
A new shift-by-wire transmission control reduces from four to two the number of hand-eye motions typically required to bring a school bus to a stop to...
First, determine how the bus will be used. Second, rate the importance of performance, fuel economy and serviceability. Third, consider affordability.