Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a U.S. manufacturer of motor vehicles for commercial, fire & emergency and recreation markets, says its Collins Bus Corporation subsidiary has delivered the first four production units of its new NEXBUS® compressed natural gas (CNG) Type A school bus to the Lower Merion School District in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The buses are set up with 30 GGE fuel capacity which allows for an operational range of 200-250 miles depending on local circumstances.
With more than half of its 117 vehicle fleet fueled by CNG, the Lower Merion School District boasts one of the largest fleets of alternative fuel school buses on the country’s east coast.
“We are excited to see the delivery of the first Ford Factory OEM approved CNG Type A school bus,” said John Walsh, vice president of sales for ASV Bus. “The Collins NEXBUS CNG model demonstrates ASV’s commitment to meeting customer demands for environmentally friendly vehicles powered by clean alternative fuel systems that reduce carbon emissions.”
The four CNG models, purchased through Wolfington Body Company in Exton, Pa., are built on a Ford E-450 cutaway truck chassis equipped with a gaseous engine prep package and feature the CNG Westport WiNG™ Power System, a dedicated natural gas fuel system for light-duty vehicles certified under the Ford Quality Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program. This certification maintains the Ford Factory 3-year/36,000 mile chassis engine and powertrain warranty.
“Westport’s partnership with Collins is a natural one. Each company brings a commitment to offering the best solution for fleet customers and delivering a quality product of superior performance,” said Paul Shaffer, Westport vice president and managing director responsible for the Westport™ WiNG business.
NEXBUS is a series of Collins models that feature advanced technologies, such as CNG and other clean alternative fuel systems. Collins has an exclusive agreement to provide the CNG Westport WiNG™ Power System for Type A school buses built on a Ford chassis.