Largest LPG-powered bus order to date will be delivered in Indiana
IC Bus will fulfil an order by the Indianapolis Public Schools of 100 CE Series school buses, powered by the Power Solutions International (PSI) 8.8-liter LPG engine. The buses will be delivered by the IC Bus dealer, Midwest Transit Equipment, in Whitestown, Indiana, and are designed to provide diesel-like performance with higher torque at lower engine speeds.
“IC Bus is proud to partner with Indianapolis Public Schools and we look forward to helping them with their transportation needs for this school year and beyond,” said Trish Reed, vice president and general manager, IC Bus. “Additionally, this order demonstrates our customers’ continued confidence in our products and acknowledges the significant benefits of our propane engine offering.”
The high torque-low speed design of the CE Series school bus greatly benefits stop-and-start applications to allow immediate acceleration after stops and greater hill climbing capability. This not only improves startability and gradability, but also 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. Deliveries began in June 2016 and will be completed this summer in time for back-to-school transportation needs in the 2016-2017 school year.
“We are excited to refresh nearly half of our fleet with the Autogas CE Series buses and look forward to seeing the benefit of using an alternative, clean burning fuel to transport our students safely and on time,” said Monica Coburn, transportation director, Indianapolis Public Schools.