The state plans to use about a quarter of its Volkswagen settlement money to buy 142 new school buses in low-income communities.
Leander Independent School District’s new Blue Bird Vision propane buses are expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 130,000 pounds.
Bellflower Unified School District displays the two new Blue Bird Type D All American Rear Engine Electric school buses it received in September.
Nearly $13 million of the state’s $64.8 million in mitigation plan funds will go toward replacing aging diesel school buses with new diesel-powered, electric, or other alt-fuel buses.
The company concludes its three-day Road Show at an event in Los Angeles with educational sessions and a ride-and-drive of a Blue Bird Vision Propane school bus, among other propane-powered vehicles.
The school bus manufacturer will showcase key technological advancements in electric vehicle technology and the newest diesel engines at the association’s trade show on Tuesday.
David Christopher steps into the role of executive director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation as Peter Mannella moves into a part-time role in retirement.
With healthy property tax revenue and high demand to replace old school buses, industry sales will hit recent highs again this year, says the Blue Bird CEO. Meanwhile, the manufacturer has new electric models hitting the road and a new propane engine with ultra-low NOx emissions, helping fuel a shift toward more non-diesel buses.
Lafayette Parish Schools uses its share of the state’s Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust dollars to buy 10 Blue Bird Vision Propane buses. Louisiana is the first state to disburse its VW funds.
Customers in California and Ontario will operate a total of seven Blue Bird Type D electric buses and one Micro Bird Type A electric model.
In this guest editorial, Allen Schaeffer from the Diesel Technology Forum says that for the same fixed investment, many more older and higher-emitting school buses can be replaced with new-technology diesel than with an all-electric choice.
Nicholas Voisard brings nearly a decade of management experience in the industry to the electric school bus manufacturer.
Township High School District 211’s new Blue Bird Vision Propane buses are expected to save about $15,000 per year in fuel costs and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 14,000 pounds.