The OEM will offer a new compressed natural gas school bus, a new Cummins diesel engine and a new Eaton transmission next year.
The first four production units of the compressed natural gas NEXBUS go to Pennsylvania’s Lower Merion School District.
The company will construct a new station for North Kansas City School District that includes fast-fill and time-fill fueling options, and will modify a maintenance facility for CNG-fueled buses.
Cummins Westport’s ISB6.7 G is a 6.7-liter mid-range natural gas engine that is based on the Cummins ISB6.7 diesel engine platform.
The NGVI training informs technicians about safely working on compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas vehicles.
The XF70 and TF25 compressed natural gas fueling dispensers are engineered for heavy-duty fleets, company officials said.
Los Angeles Unified School District’s new station will feature 102 time-fill posts and a single fast-fill dispenser. This will be the second CNG fueling station built and operated by the company for the district.
In those two states, First Priority will offer sales and service for Trans Tech’s Type A school buses, including the all-electric eSeries.
End users say savings on propane autogas and CNG fuel and maintenance costs, along with having to perform less maintenance, help recoup the extra cost of purchasing the vehicles and installing fueling systems.
The event on April 16 featured two new alternative-fuel Thomas Built buses to celebrate grant awards for the upfit of 15 buses for the school districts.
Westport’s CNG system, currently an option on Collins Type A school buses, will also be available for Allied Specialty Vehicles’ commercial buses and emergency vehicles.
The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grants will fund such projects as retrofitting and replacing older school buses.
Rineer, a longtime school bus supervisor before he retired in December, is now working with students who have mobility issues at Villanova University.