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Blue Bird Vision

Type C School Bus

6.8L V10 Engine

Blue Bird Vision

Blue Bird is pleased to announce the next generation Propane-Powered Vision, powered by industry leaders Ford Motor Company and ROUSH CleanTech. Built on the acclaimed Blue Bird Vision body and chassis, the next generation Propane-Powered Vision provides schools with the best performance and the largest fuel tank options available of any propane autogas powered school bus.

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. The new fuel system and powertrain offers best-in-class serviceability and broader optional equipment choices than previous generations of the bus.

One fuel tank size is available for purchase:

  • Mid-ship fuel tank: 67 usable gallons
  • Extended range fuel tank: 93 usable gallons

Please visit blue-bird.com for ordering information, pricing, or to locate a Blue Bird dealer near you.

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 gasoline, 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 Knowledge Center for more details on environmental benefits.

Performance

The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision 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 / 100,000 miles

Blue Bird Vision School Buses equipped with the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system offer a 5-year / 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, giving you piece of mind.

Serviceability

The ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system can be serviced using standard Ford  and Blue Bird diagnostic equipment. Visit Blue-Bird.com to locate a service center near you.

“Greening” Your Fleet

Fueling with propane autogas allows your school to have a measurable positive impact on the environment while gaining recognition throughout your community for good environmental stewardship in the process. And with 90 percent of U.S. propane supplies produced in this country, you’ll be doing your part to help reduce our country’s dependence on imported oil. Read more about Propane Distribution for details.

Refueling

With thousands of propane refueling stations across the United States, refueling isn’t an issue. The Department of Energy maintains a database of propane fueling stations here. Or you may install on-site fueling at little or no cost, with federal tax incentives in place to help off-set any costs. If you’re interested in obtaining your own refueling infrastructure, please call 800.59.ROUSH or contact us through this website.

Tax Incentives

Federal and state government incentives can help transition away from conventional fuels and encourage the switch to clean burning alternatives. Incentives include tax credits on fuel and partial reimbursement for fueling infrastructure. To find out your specific state and federal tax incentives for your location, click here.

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.

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.


Technical Specifications

General

Bus Size: Type C
Engine Size: Ford 6.8L V10
Drive train: 4x2
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes with 4-wheel anti-lock
Wheelbase Configurations: 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
NHTSA: Yes
EPA: Yes
Download 2013 Certificate Here
Download 2014 Certificate Here
Download 2015 Certificate Here
CARB: Yes
Download 2015 Certificate Here

Mid-Ship Axle Tank

Gallon Capacity (80%): 67
Dimensions: 75.75 in (length)
22.29 in (width)
15.04 in (height)

Extended Range Tank

Gallon capacity (80%): 93
Dimensions: 110.0 in (length)
22.29 in (width)
15.04 in (height)

Parts Included In System

  • Stainless steel fuel lines
  • Fuel rail assembly
  • Fuel injectors
  • Fuel tank
  • Recalibrated PCM (Powertrain Control Module)

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