Collins Bus Corporation, a subsidiary of Allied Specialty Vehicles, Inc. (ASV) and builder of Type-A school and school activity buses for the North American market, has entered into an exclusive agreement with BAF, a Clean Energy Company, to develop the first Type-A school bus with a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel system. BAF is the premier provider of natural gas vehicles under Ford Motor Company’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QMV) program. Collins will be offering this system as an option on several models starting in the spring of 2012.
CNG, when compared to diesel and gasoline fuels provides a reduction in greenhouse emissions and has the potential to reduce fuel costs by 25% to 40%. Over 110,000 vehicles currently operate on CNG in the U.S. and since 98% of all natural gas is produced in North America, operating vehicles on CNG significantly reduces America’s dependence on foreign oil.
Kent Tyler, President of Collins Bus Corporation said, “We are excited to be leading our industry in alternative fuel technologies and CNG is the next logical step. Many of our customers are interested in this technology and our leading dealers are ready to introduce it to their customers. BAF brings expertise and a proven system to the market and Collins is proud of this new partnership. When you combine CNG with our Propane and Hybrid-Electric offerings, you can see how our team is leading the field. No other manufacturer offers as many proven options when it comes to clean energy solutions.”
Brent Pope, Director of Sales at BAF stated, “CNG fuel has a significant environmental and economic advantage over diesel and gasoline fuels and will offer school districts an attractive option for their Type-A buses. We are very excited to have partnered with Collins. They are clearly the leader in the Type-A bus business and together we will offer their customers the best product available.”
Collins has been working on a CNG version of their bus for several years, but was unable to find a viable option until partnering with BAF. Tyler noted, “The key factor in any alternative engine option is weight. Just landing on a new concept won’t cut it if you can’t achieve a practical range with the passenger capacity you need. We’re happy that we can get both with this option from BAF.”
(This article compiled using information from a Collins Bus Corporation press release)