Blue Bird Vision CNG

Blue Bird School Bus

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CNG

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Ordering

Available Exclusively from Blue Bird Dealers Nationwide

Manufactured for the school, childcare, Head Start, church, tour and shuttle markets and sold exclusively by Blue Bird dealers throughout North America, the CNG vision is built on a purpose-built Blue Bird chassis and uses the Ford 6.8 liter V10 engine with the ROUSH CleanTech low pressure system.

To find a Blue Bird dealer near you, please visit Blue Bird’s Dealer Locator.

Benefits

Fuel Costs: Reduced

Switching to compressed natural gas not only benefits the environment, it also improves reduces fleet operator’s fuel costs. Fleet managers are discovering they can lower their fuel costs by up to 50 percent by switching to compressed natural gas.

Emissions: Reduced

Compressed natural gas burns far cleaner than diesel, with less harmful emissions:

  • 13 – 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • 95 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions
  • 80 percent reduction in hydrocarbon emissions

Visit our CNG page for more details on environmental benefits.

Performance

The Blue Bird Vision CNG school bus delivers excellent horsepower, torque and towing capacity. Whether you are in extreme cold or extreme heat, high or low altitude, or any inclement weather condition, your Blue Bird school bus will start and operate consistently and reliably.

Warranty: 5-years / unlimited miles

Blue Bird Vision school buses equipped with a CNG fuel system offer a 5-year / unlimited mile limited powertrain warranty, giving you piece of mind.

Tax Incentives

A tax incentive is available for alternative fuel that is sold for use or used as a fuel to operate a motor vehicle. Retroactive to January 1, 2015, the credits are extended through December 31, 2016.

 

The tax credits consist of:

  • A $.50 per gallon excise tax credit for 2015.
  • A $.36 per gallon excise tax credit for 2016. The reduction for 2016 reflects an updated energy content calculation of excise tax.
  • A fueling infrastructure credit for up to 30 percent of installation costs, not to exceed $30,000.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Energy‘s website.

System Overview

Switching to an alternative fuel doesn’t have to mean complexity. While a lot of engineering and development go into the design of the system, the components are all designed to integrate seamlessly with the Blue Bird Vision chassis and new 6.8L V10 powertrain from Ford. The system can be broken down into a high and low pressure components:

 

cng cylinder2High Pressure
  • Type 3 CNG cylinders
    • Aluminum lined, composite fiber wound tank
  • High pressure fuel lines
  • Coalescing and particulate filter located directly before the regulator
  • Vent system
Low Pressure
  • Regulator
  • Low pressure filter located after the regulator
  • Low pressure fuel lines
  • Fuel rails and injectors
  • Engine FEAD

Technical Specifications

General
Bus Size: Type C
Engine Size: Ford 6.8L V10
Drive train: 4×2
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes with 4-wheel anti-lock
Wheelbase Configurations: 217″ / 252″ / 273″ / 280″
Passenger Capacity: Multiple floor plans available with passenger seating up to 77
GVWR: ≤ 33,000 lbs
Horsepower: 269 hp @ 3900 rpm
Torque: 386 ft-lbs @ 3100 rpm
Certifications
FMVSS: Yes
CMVSS: Yes
NHTSA: Yes
EPA: Yes
Download 2016 Certificate Here
Download 2017 Certificate Here
CARB: Yes
Download 2016 Certificate Here
Download 2017 Certificate Here
Three Type 3 Fuel Tanks
Diesel Gallon Equivalent: 53

About Blue Bird

Blue Bird offers a complete line of Type A, C and D school buses in a variety of options and configurations. For more than 80 years, Blue Bird Corporation has continued to set industry standards with its innovative design and manufacturing capabilities. Today, Blue Bird has more than 1,200 employees, Georgia-based manufacturing facilities and an extensive network of Dealers and service-parts facilities throughout North America. Its global presence can be seen in more than 60 countries through sales into Africa, Asia, the Carribean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit the Blue Bird Corporation website at www.blue-bird.com.