Thomas Built Buses and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation announced the first compressed natural gas engine in the industry for the popular Type C school bus.
The new Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school bus has drawn the attention of school districts nationwide with a number of them eager to place orders.
“We are pleased to take our ever-popular C2 model and upfit it to be used with compressed natural gas for the many school districts, which are looking for a lower-priced, cleaner and increasingly abundant fuel supply,” said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses.
The bus is certified by the California Air Resources Board and exceeds EPA 2013 emissions requirements, utilizing the Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G 6-7 liter natural gas engine and an Allison 2000 series transmission.
“Since we launched the Saf-T-Liner HDX CNG 20 years ago, we’ve seen how efficient and economical CNG can be for our customers,” Edgerly said.
He also revealed that with this launch announcement, along with notification that orders can officially be placed, production on the Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school buses is expected to begin next month.
Thomas said in a statement that several school districts have already have committed to being the among the first to purchase the new Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school buses, including two Missouri districts, North Kansas City School District and Blue Springs School District.