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Micro Bird G5 School Bus

6.8L V10 Engine

Micro Bird

There isn’t any more precious cargo than a child, and school bus companies take every precaution to ensure the safety of the children they transport on a daily basis. Micro Bird, Inc. has given a ringing endorsement to propane by incorporating the ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system into the new 30-passsenger Micro Bird® by Girardin, a Type A School, Multi-Function School Activity Bus (MFSAB) and Commercial 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 Micro Bird is built on a Ford E-450 chassis and uses the 6.8-liter engine with a ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane system. The engine is extremely reliable and offers industry-leading performance. The entire vehicle can be serviced through the Ford or Blue Bird Dealer network.

Fuel systems are available for 2012 and newer model year Ford E-450 DRW cutaway school bus configurations equipped with the 6.8-liter V10 engine.

One fuel tank size is available for purchase:

  • Aft rear axle fuel tank

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 30 to 40 percent compared to gasoline, 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:

  • 20 percent less nitrogen oxide
  • 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: Identical

A Micro Bird G5 Ford School Bus equipped with the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system delivers the same horsepower, torque, and towing capacity of a gasoline-powered school bus with a 6.8-liter V10 engine: 305 horsepower and 420 pounds of torque. Whether you are in extreme cold or extreme heat, high or low altitude, or any inclement weather condition, your propane autogas truck will start and operate consistently and reliably.

Warranty: Identical

Micro Bird G5 Ford School Buses equipped with the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system maintain the factory Ford 5-year / 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. The ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system is covered by a limited 1-year / 12,000-mile warranty when installed on a vehicle that is no longer covered by the Ford factory warranty.

Serviceability: Identical

The ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel system can be serviced using standard Ford diagnostic equipment, and service centers are being set up all around the country. Visit the Dealer Locator to locate a service center near you, or call 800.59.ROUSH.

“Greening” Your Fleet

A number of government agencies and private companies have committed to sustainable strategies to reduce their emissions and carbon footprint. Fueling with propane autogas allows your company to have a measurable positive impact on the environment, gain corporate stewardship, and earn customer loyalty in the process. And with 90 percent of U.S. propane supplies produced here, you’ll be doing your part to help reduce our country’s dependence on imported oil. Propane Distribution

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 fit within the same mounting points of the gasoline system found on the original vehicle. 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 Micro Bird

Micro Bird Inc is a joint venture company owned by Blue Bird Corporation and the Girardin Family. With over 130 years of combined experience in the bus industry, Blue Bird and Girardin are known for their quality, innovations, and many industry firsts. Offering a complete line of Type A and B school, MFSAB and Commercial buses, the Blue Bird Micro Bird by Girardin can carry up to 30 passengers. Micro Birds are intended for the school, childcare, Head Start, churches, tour, and shuttle markets throughout North America. With over 60,000 Type A and B buses built to date, Micro Bird Inc is committed to offering the highest level of quality in its products, customer service, and sales support.


Technical Specifications

General

Model Year: 2015
Engine Size: 6.8L V10
Drive train: 4x2
Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
Brakes: 4-wheel disc
Wheelbase Configurations: 158” / 176" / 186" / 190"
Passenger Capacity: 24 or 30
GVWR: ≤ 14,500 lbs

Certifications

FMVSS: Yes
NHTSA: Yes
EPA: Yes
CARB: Yes

Aft-Rear Axle Tank

Gallon Capacity (80%): 41
Dimensions: 42 in (length)
38 in (width)
16 in (height)
Wet Weight Differential: 77 lbs. increase

Parts Included In System

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

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