Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner® C2 CNG school buses, fitted with the Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G 6.7 liter natural gas engine, have been purchased by a second U.S. school district. Blue Springs R-IV School District, located in Blue Springs, Missouri, has purchased 19 compressed natural gas (CNG) powered units.
“Over the past 13 years, our fuel costs have increased 213 percent,” said Steve Brown, transportation director for Blue Springs R-IV School District. “By incorporating compressed natural gas in our fleet, we hope to not only reduce fuel costs, but also to reduce our emissions.”
Thomas Built Buses’ Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG, the first Type C CNG in the industry, utilizes the Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G 6.7 liter natural gas engine and an Allison 2000 series transmission. It is CARB-certified, meets ARB’s optional low oxides of nitrogen (NOx) standard of 0.1g/bhp-hr and meets EPA 2016 emissions and 2017 EPA greenhouse gas (GHG) requirements.
“We have had a lot of interest in our Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school bus,” said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “Blue Springs is the second district in the United States and Canada to receive our Type C CNG buses, and we are very excited to see them on the road this school year.”
Thomas Built leads the industry in incorporating green technology into its buses. The company introduced its first compressed natural gas bus nearly 20 years ago and since then CNG has grown in popularity due to an abundant domestic supply and stable fuel costs.
Thomas Built Buses, Inc., headquartered in High Point, N.C., is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC.
(Source: Thomas Built Buses)