Partner Updates

Infrastructure and Fuel

When choosing what kind of fuel type your buses will use in your fleet, infrastructure is a large part of the decision-making process. There are costs to consider, as well as space and training your bus drivers and mechanics need for how to safely use new fueling or charging stations. The interesting part of infrastructure is that some fuel types have infrastructure that comes at little to no cost to you—and most providers will provide free training.

4G LTE Networks Take Education on the Road

Modern education practices have progressed with technologies such as digital text books, flipped classrooms (delivering instructional content online), cloud-based tools designed to enhance teaching methods, and the introduction of mobile devices offered to students from schools to access these developing opportunities.

New Leadership & LED Lighting

SoundOff Commercial Vehicle SolutionsDoes something look different? It sure does. Introducing SoundOff Commercial Vehicle Solutions, previously SoundOff Commercial Vehicle Products. With not only a new name, logo and leadership, SoundOff is bringing more solutions to their customers by providing a wider range of products that drive higher visibility, improve cost efficiency and ultimately promote safety. 

There is More to School Bus Emissions than NOx

There is much debate about the cleanliness of school buses today, particularly surrounding diesel and propane engines. Both are touted as clean burning. Emissions data being thrown around in the industry can make you dizzy sometimes confused. The truth is that, based on EPA-regulated emissions, clean-diesel school buses today are comparable to or cleaner than other fuel types like propane, CNG and gasoline.

Indiana District Saves on Exhaust & Radiator Replacement

It’s the oldest joke in the sales business: “Good, fast and inexpensive. Pick any two.” But, two out of three isn’t enough for school bus fleet managers and mechanics, especially when it comes to essential parts like radiators.

Introducing the IC Bus, Gasoline Powered CE Series

IC Bus is now in production with the CE Series Gasoline Type C school bus. The CE Series with the PSI 8.8L gasoline engine, is purpose built and designed for stop and start operation, featuring similar power and performance to diesel. That allows for immediate acceleration after stops and greater hill climbing capacity. “We know our customers want a choice in powertrain options and our new gasoline-powered bus will be just another example of how IC Bus is responding to market demand,” commented Trish Reed, VP/GM of IC Bus.

Maintaining your Budget

As fleets look to buy new buses, many approach a bid with a concerted effort to get the cost of the individual buses down as much as possible. After all, who doesn’t like to walk away from a good deal? With most districts are concerned with the “here and now” of an annual budget, it is very easy to lose sight of the costs that are created over the life of the vehicle. School buses have an average life of 10-15 years. That’s a long time to consider not only fuel costs, but also the cost of maintaining the vehicle, and replacing necessary parts.