The agreement, originally set to run through 2018, will now run through 2021. It covers the alternative-fuel system supplier's 8.8-liter propane and gasoline engines for Navistar's subsidiary, IC Bus.
Navistar Financial closes a two-year dealer floor plan transaction to support International Truck and IC Bus dealer inventory funding.
The new Imagination Contest invites K-8 students to dream up the bus of the future, with a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship and $500 toward a field trip.
The school bus OEM gives scholarships to 10 students who are family members of dealer employees.
The parent company of IC Bus makes a range of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems products standard on its entire lineup of International Class 5-8 air-braked bus, truck, and tractor platforms.
Volkswagen Truck & Bus will take a 16.6% stake in Navistar, parent company of school bus manufacturer IC Bus. The alliance includes technology collaboration and a procurement joint venture.
Durham School Services will use the new propane buses to serve Waterbury (Conn.) Public Schools.
The school bus manufacturer plans to foster collaboration to map out the industry’s future through an Imagination Contest for students in grades K-8 and an Innovation Summit for industry thought leaders and innovators.
The technology will enable school bus operators to update engine control modules over a secure Wi-Fi connection.
In an interview with SBF, IC Bus exec Trish Reed discusses the new gasoline option, which is expected to provide easier maintenance and quieter operation compared to a diesel.
The new nine-liter diesel engine option will be available for the rear-engine Type D bus in 2017.
The 7.6L engine, which is remanufactured using a standard set of new parts, is available for 2007 to 2010 IC Bus 300 Series buses.
Delivery of the CE Series buses, which are equipped with Power Solutions International engines, began in June and will be complete in time for the 2016-17 school year.