Blue Bird Propane Vision

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Ford Motor Company and ROUSH CleanTech power the next generation Blue Bird Propane Vision. Built on the acclaimed Blue Bird Vision body and chassis, the Type C school bus reduces noise by 50 percent compared with buses fueled by diesel. The bus offers seating up to 77 and three tank sizes: a 43-usable gallon tank, a 67-usable gallon tank and a 93-usable gallon tank — the industry’s largest.

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 propane-powered vision is built on a purpose-built Blue Bird chassis and uses the Ford 6.8 liter V10 engine with the ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas system.

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

Benefits

Operating Costs: Reduced

Switching to propane autogas not only benefits the environment, it also improves fleet operators’ bottom line. Fleet managers are discovering they can lower their fuel costs by up to 40 percent with less maintenance costs over time by switching to propane autogas. Visit the Savings Calculator to see how much money you can save.

Emissions: Reduced

Propane autogas burns far cleaner than diesel, with less harmful emissions:

  • Up to 20 percent less nitrogen oxide
  • Up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide
  • Up to 24 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions
  • Fewer particulate emissions

Visit our Propane Page for more details on environmental benefits.

Performance

The Blue Bird Vision Propane school bus equipped with the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system delivers excellent horsepower, torque and towing capacity: 362 horsepower and 457 pounds of torque. 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 the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas 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 few primary assemblies:

Fuel Rail Assembly
  • Fuel Rail
  • Fuel Injectors
  • Injection Pressure / Temperature Sensor
Fuel Line Assembly
  • Fuel Lines
  • Flow Control Solenoid
Fuel Tank Assembly
  • Fuel Tank
  • Fuel Pump
  • Fuel Level Sensor
Recalibration of Ford Powertrain Control System
  • Calibration
  • Wiring Harness

For more information on propane autogas fuel system engineering, click here.

 

Tank mountingAbout 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.

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: 169″ / 189″ / 217″ / 238″ / 252″ / 273″ / 280”
Passenger Capacity: Multiple floor plans available with passenger seating up to 77
GVWR: ≤ 33,000 lbs
Certifications
FMVSS: Yes
CMVSS: Yes
NHTSA: Yes
EPA: Yes
Download 2013 Certificate Here
Download 2014 Certificate Here
Download 2015 Certificate Here
Download 2016 Certificate Here
CARB: Yes
Download 2015 Certificate Here
Download 2016 Certificate Here
Download Gen 4 2016 Certificate Here
Short Tank
Gallon Capacity (80%): 50
Dimensions: 53″ (length)
27″ (width)
15″ (height)
Mid-Ship Tank
Gallon Capacity (80%): 70
Dimensions: 76″ (length)
22″ (width)
15″ (height)
Extended Range Tank
Gallon capacity (80%): 100
Dimensions: 110″ (length)
22″ (width)
15″ (height)