U.S. aviation event chooses Autogas vehicles to transport attendees

A fleet of Autogas school buses were deployed at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture to transport thousands of visitors for the celebration held on 22-28 July in the state of Wisconsin. While air shows filled the skies, the alternative fuel buses, contracted from Kobussen Buses, Ltd., demonstrated the value of emissions-reducing school bus transportation. During the school year, these buses service Oshkosh Area School District.

“It was a natural fit to help out AirVenture’s transportation efforts by using local school buses during the summer down time,” said Dan Kobussen, vice president of Kobussen Buses. “These innovative Autogas buses reduce emissions and run on a domestically produced fuel.” Kobussen hopes to attract drivers with these clean, quiet and well-heated alternatively fuelled buses.

Equipped with Ford Motor Company’s 6.8L V10 engine, each Blue Bird Vision Autogas school bus is powered by a ROUSH CleanTech LPG fuel system. The buses, which during the school year run regular daily routes, reduce nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons and virtually eliminate particulate matter when compared with diesel. Nearly 25% of Kobussen Buses’ fleet are Autogas models.

“Our district partners with EAA to provide students insight into the history and understanding of aeronautics,” said Susan Schnorr, executive director of business services for Oshkosh Area School District. “We are happy to share our technologically advanced propane buses for their annual event to show attendees that this technology is working for districts every day.”

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14 August 2019