January 30th, 2012

Collins to Build CNG Buses

Collins Bus Corporation recently reached an agreement with BAF, a Clean Energy company, to develop Collins’ first school bus powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

BAF provides natural gas vehicles under Ford Motor Company’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QMV) program. Collins is North America’s largest builder of Type-A school and school activity buses – which are small, van-based vehicles – and says that this system will be offered as an option on several models starting spring 2012.

More than 110,000 vehicles currently operate on CNG in the U.S. CNG vehicles significantly reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil because 98 percent is produced in North America.

Collins CNG Bus

CNG, when compared to diesel and gasoline fuels, provides a reduction in greenhouse emissions and has the potential to reduce fuel costs by 25-40 percent. Credit: PR Newswire

“We are excited to be leading our industry in alternative fuel technologies, and CNG is the next big logical step,” said Kent Tyler, president of Collins Bus Corporation. “Many of our customers are interested in this technology, and our leading dealers are ready to introduce it to their customers. BAF brings expertise and a proven system to the market, and Collins is proud of this new partnership. When you combine CNG with our propane and hybrid electric offerings, you can see how our team is leading the field. No other manufacturer offers as many proven options when it comes to clean energy solutions.”

Brent Pope, BAF’s director of sales added, “CNG fuel has a significant environmental and economic advantage over diesel and gasoline fuels and will offer school districts an attractive option for their Type-A buses. We are very happy to have paired with Collins. They are clearly the leader in the Type-A business, and together we will offer their customers the best product available.”
Collins has been working on a CNG version of its bus for several years, but it took a partnership with BAF to make it a reality. Tyler noted, “The key factor in any alternative engine option is weight. Just landing on a new concept won’t cut it if you can’t achieve a practical range with the passenger capacity you need. We’re happy that we can get both with this option from BAF.”

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