The Propane Autogas Advantage Flier
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Blue Bird’s Propane-Powered Vision and Micro Bird:
• Offers a safe, attractive and viable fuel choice amidst rising diesel fuel prices
• Substantial savings on both fuel and maintenance costs compared to diesel or gasoline
• Largest 67.5-gallon equivalent fuel tank offered and improved fuel economy— provides the
greatest route range
• Builds off an established United States & Canadian propane autogas distribution network of
over 15,000 outlets with readily available infrastructure solutions
• Adds to the more than 17 million vehicles currently operating on propane autogas
• Blue Bird has over three times as many registered alternative-fuel school buses on the road
than all our competitors combined
Safety Features of Propane Autogas
Remarkable safety record due to stringent codes and regulations developed by the
propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
• One of the best automobile safety records of any fuel – conventional or alternative
• Used as a commercial motor fuel for more than 80 years
• More than 270,000 propane-powered vehicles in use in the United States; approximately 60,000 propane autogas vehicles operating in Canada
• Propane autogas tanks are 20 times more puncture resistant than conventional
fuel tanks
• In the rare event of a leak, propane autogas dissipates into the air and doesn’t
• Not harmful to soil or water
Safety Features of Propane-Powered Vision
and Micro Bird
• Includes all standard safety features of the Blue Bird Vision and Micro Bird
• Meets applicable school bus CMVSS & FMVSS,
including CMVSS 301.1 Fuel System Integrity
for Liquefied Petroleum Gas
• System complies with NFPA 58 Liquefied
Petroleum Gas Code
• ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane autogas fuel
system fitted with safety devices and shut-off
valves that function automatically should the
Propane-Powered Vision includes 67.5-gallon ASME
fuel line experience difficulty.
certified steel fuel tank between frame rails in rear
• Fuel Tanks
• Constructed from carbon steel, in compliance with a code developed
by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
• Located between frame rails for added protection
• Manufactured with Overfilling Prevention Device (OPD) that shuts
off the filling process when the tank reaches 80 percent of its capacity
• Dual electronically controlled fuel pumps
Efficiency with ROUSH CleanTech
Liquid Propane Autogas Fuel System
Easy Infrastructure
• Over 15,000 outlets across the United States and
• Simple threaded connection used to deliver propane
through a sealed system (thereby protecting the
• Propane autogas providers are eager to assist school
districts considering propane as motor fuel
• Possibility of providing fuel stations upon agreement of
fuel contract to reduce/eliminate capital expenses
Builds off an established US & Canadian propane
distribution network of 15,000 outlets
Exceptional Performance
• With the combination of the Ford 6.8L Engine & the ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane
autogas fuel system, customers no longer have to sacrifice performance for alternative fuels
• The Vision produces the following Horsepower & Torque:
• Horsepower: 362 hp @ 4750 rpm
• Torque: 457 lb. ft. @ 3250 rpm
The Micro Bird produces the following Horsepower & Torque:
• Horsepower: 305 hp @ 4250 rpm
• Torque: 420 lb. ft. @ 3250 rpm
• Drivers report that the power displayed by the Propane-Powered Vision exceed performance
• Ride and Drives have included cold starts and steep hills — without performance issues
• Cold climate not an operational barrier
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• Fully integrated system— designed in complete harmony with the Ford 6.8L
engine to ensure optimal efficiency
• No additional components as found on
aftermarket systems
• Delivers propane autogas to the engine in a
liquid form (as compared to vapor systems of
the past) resulting in:
• Lower intake valve temperatures
• Denser air-fuel charges
• More complete combustion
Fully integrated system, designed in complete
• Unaided cold weather starts to -40°F/C
harmony with the Ford 6.8L Engine to ensure
maximum efficiency
Specifications shown were in effect on the date they were approved for printing. In keeping with its policy of continual product improvement, Blue Bird reserves the right to change specifications
without notice and without incurring obligations. Some equipment/features shown may be optional - your Blue Bird Dealer or Representative will explain. SB-PFB-0513; ©2013 Blue Bird Corporation
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