Key features of the new Type A include enhanced driver visibility, improved fuel economy and a narrow body with easier maneuverability, company officials say.
The new bus, to be available in 2016, will run on a Ford 6.8L V10 gasoline engine.
The district’s new Blue Bird propane school buses have a shorter 169-inch wheelbase and a 50-gallon tank to accommodate shorter runs.
The new Transit chassis is lighter than the Ford E-350 and E-450 cutaways, which officials say allows for higher payloads and improved fuel economy in a Type A bus.
The school and shuttle bus manufacturer was the top volume pool account in the bus category for Ford in 2013, and the eighth year in a row. Starcraft purchases and sells Ford E350/E450 and F550/F650 bus chassis, and it attributes its success to an increasing demand for shuttle buses in the U.S. as well as its dealer network.
The school and shuttle bus manufacturer was the top volume pool account in the bus category for Ford in 2012, an accomplishment the company has held for seven consecutive years. Starcraft purchases and sells Ford E350/E450 and F550/F650 bus chassis, and it attributes its success to an increasing demand for shuttle buses during the economic recovery in the U.S. and having an excellent dealer network.
SBF sits down with officials from Blue Bird, Ford and ROUSH after they unveil the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision, which they say offers fuel savings of 30 to 40 percent on average compared to diesel counterparts.
The company will receive the 2009 SAE International Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. The award recognizes IMMI's work in increasing safety on motorcoaches and school buses with the development of the Premier seat, which incorporates SafeGuard SmartFrame technology to protect both belted and unbelted occupants.
Citing a contractual dispute with one of its engine suppliers, Ford Motor Co. stopped taking orders on Feb. 7 for its 2007 model year E-350 and E-450 chassis with 6.0-liter diesel engines. These chassis are used as platforms for Type A school buses.