Blue Bird said FuelSense, the next generation in fuel savings released this summer by Allison Transmissions, will be a standard offering on all Vision and All American models with Cummins ISB6.7L diesel engines and Allison's 2000 Series transmission.
Standard FuelSense features 5th-Generation Controls, EcoCal and Dynamic Shift Sensing to improve fuel economy by 5- to 15-percent. EcoCal is formerly known as low speed shift schedules and is a defined set of low and "super" low speed shift schedules designed to keep the engine speed at its optimum point. Dynamic Shift Sensing, or LBSSS/ABMS/SESS, automatically selects between EcoCal or a higher-speed shift schedule.
Blue Bird said it is also offering Acceleration Rate Management, a feature of FuelSense Max formerly known as VAC, as standard on its three large bus models. FuelSense Max offers 8- to 20 -percent fuel economy increases by incorporatinng all of the standard features as well as those of FuelSense Plus, which promises fuel economy increases of 6- to 18 percent by adding neutral at stop, or RELS and ECLR.
Blue Bird said more information on FuelSense and its availabilty to customers will be shared at a later day. Allison announced last month that it is also partnering with Thomas Built Buses to offer the standard FuelSense as well as the optional FuelSense Plus and FuelSense Max.