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Blue Bird: Propane buses perform despite record cold blast

January 20, 2014 By    

Although much of the United States experienced record-breaking cold weather courtesy of the recent polar vortex, Blue Bird says that school districts and contractors reported their Blue Bird propane school buses started and operated without any issues.

All Star Transportation in Torrington, Conn., experienced an average temperature of 0 degrees, according to a Blue Bird press release. All Star Transportation’s fleet includes 40 Propane Vision school buses. The fleet’s diesel buses experienced cold weather issues, Blue Bird says, but the autogas buses did not.

Lamers Bus Lines in eastern Wisconsin, which has 14 Propane Vision buses in its fleet, also experienced low temperatures during the polar vortex, Blue Bird says. Temperatures dropped to minus 27, and Lamers Bus Lines tells Blue Bird that the buses started fine and heated within minutes. Reed City Area Public Schools of Reed City, Mich., experienced temperatures as low as minus 13 – and again no issues with the propane buses, according to Blue Bird.

Blue Bird says autogas is a viable fuel in such cold weather because it keeps its liquid form and provides control of the air-to-fuel ratio.

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