On the heels of acquiring certain assets of CleanFUEL USA last month, Agility Fuel Solutions and Thomas Built Buses have entered a new strategic partnership to continue delivering to market the Saf-T-Liner C2 propane school bus.
Agility formed a new powertrain systems business about a week before completing its acquisition of CleanFUEL USA on May 11. At the time, Agility explained that the acquisition will enable Agility’s Powertrain Systems business unit to immediately offer complete propane fuel systems for commercial vehicles based on patented liquid propane injection technology.
The new partnership with Thomas announced on Monday brings Agility into the school bus market as it continues the integration of the 8.0L V-8 LPG engine with a true medium-duty Allison 2300 PTS Series transmission.
Thomas said integration of the engine and the Allison transmission leads to lower fuel costs and better performance for fleets. The pairing promises to continue providing greater reliability, quality, performance and efficiency than other propane offerings in the market.
“We are excited to enter into this strategic partnership with Agility Fuel Solutions,” said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses, in a statement. “We have had great success working with Agility’s predecessor, CleanFuel USA, in the development of our popular Saf-T-Liner® C2 propane school bus. CleanFuel USA’s propane delivery system has been instrumental in the success of our propane product and we look forward to working with Agility to develop additional propane solutions in the near future.”
Agility Fuels CEO Kathleen Ligocki added that she looks “forward to accelerating the development and certification of some of our upcoming fuel systems” by leveraging Thomas’ experience in propane autogas school buses.
Last month, Ligocki commented that the CleanFUEL USA transaction was a milestone for Agility in its efforts to offer a complete toolkit of propane and clean-fuel solutions.