Joined by Ford and Roush Clean Technology, Blue Bird is going green for this back-to-school season with the newly announced next generation of propane-powered buses.

The next generation propane-powered buses provide customers with increased fuel economy, greater horsepower and a 67-gallon fuel tank, while maintaining its classic Blue Bird frame.


Blue Bird launches its Propane-Powered Vision with partners Ford and Roush Clean Tech, offering the next generation to its line of alternative fuel product offerings. Credit: Blue Bird

Blue Bird’s Propane-Powered Vision has been the industry leader in alternative fuel offerings, since its introduction in 2007,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. “We are committed to providing state-of-the-art, reliable and efficient green solutions that our customers want and value. In partnership with established industry leaders Ford and Roush Clean Tech, the introduction of Blue Bird’s Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision will reinforce our leadership position by providing increased benefits and value to our customers.”

Blue Bird, a U.S. based company operating for more than 80 years, is one of the world’s leading school bus manufacturers with distribution in 60 countries. They set the industry standard with a longstanding commitment to finding clean energy and fuel efficient solutions as the first school bus manufacturer to introduce a bus fueled by compressed natural gas in 1991.

Rouch Clean Tech, a developer of liquid propane auto gas fuel systems, has a working relationship with Ford to develop engines with propane-powered fuel systems.

“Ford is committed to the development of alternative transportation technologies that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable,” said George Weber, president and chief CEO of Ford Component Sales. “We are proud to work with industry leaders Blue Bird and Roush Clean Tech to provide the school bus industry with a world-class propane-powered Ford engine that meets the performance requirements of Blue Bird Corporation.”

“Propane autogas is the right choice for school districts, offering the safest and most economical transportation choice for schools across America,” concluded Joe Thompson, president of Roush Clean Tech.

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