Espar Climate Control Systems is named a recipient of the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award. Espar manufactures fuel-operated heaters and other products for a variety of mobile applications, including school buses.
Officials say that at 10,000 square feet, the new facility is double that of the previous facility, and that its configuration allows for better use of production space, including a dedicated clean room for sensitive component assembly and an expanded prototype shop for developing new designs and systems.
The 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 4500 vans, which are used in Type A school bus applications, will be available with a 35 gallon useable fuel capacity LPG system. Company officials say a one-stop-shop approach will make ordering convenient.
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.
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.
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.
General Motors (GM) announced Monday its decision to wind down its medium-duty truck operations.