IC Bus to fulfill propane bus order for Alabama school district

January 5, 2018 By    

IC Bus announced it will fulfill an order of 44 CE Series school buses, powered by the Power Solutions International (PSI) 8.8-liter propane engine, for Franklin County Schools in Alabama.

“IC Bus is honored to partner with Southland International Trucks Inc. in providing Franklin County Schools environmentally friendly, reliable and safe transportation,” says Trish Reed, vice president and general manager of IC Bus. “We are seeing strong sales of our propane-powered school buses throughout the country and this sale is another example of continued interest in our alternative powertrains to transport students to and from school.”

The CE Series with the PSI propane engine is designed to provide diesel-like performance with higher torque at lower engine speeds, according to the company. The high-torque, low-speed design benefits include stop-and-start applications to allow immediate acceleration after stops and greater hill-climbing capability.

According to the company, this improves startability and gradability. Additionally, the company says this eliminates excessive noise, heat and vibration associated with constant engine revving. Minimal revving reduces engine wear, oil usage and maintenance while increasing durability and efficiency.

The buses are being built at the IC Bus assembly plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company says deliveries will begin in the summer of 2018 and will be complete in time for back-to-school transportation needs in the 2018-19 school year.

“We chose IC Bus propane buses for our school transportation needs because we’ve done business with Southland International Trucks Inc. for a long time and we trust them to be our partner in providing first-class products and service,” says Donald Borden, assistant superintendent of Franklin County Schools. “We’re pleased to partner with IC Bus as these new propane buses will improve our community environmentally while also reducing our operating costs.”

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Joe McCarthy was an associate editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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