Micro Bird, Roush To Develop Liquid Propane School Buses
A new department between Livonia-based Roush Performance Products and Micro Bird Inc. has incorporated the Roush liquid propane system into the new 30-passenger Micro Bird by Girardin, a Type A school, activity and commercial bus.
“Propane is a perfect alternative fuel option for school districts that must reduce their operational costs as well as lower their emissions,” said Jack Roush, motorsports legend and chairman of Roush Enterprises. “Historically, propane trends 30 to 40 percent less than diesel, which helps the school districts to stretch their fuel budget considerably further, and there is no question that the emissions are much cleaner.”
As an alternative fuel, propane offers a variety of advantages. It is available “right here, right now” with a national infrastructure already in place. Propane burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, with up to 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide, 24 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and fewer particulate emissions when compared to gasoline. It is already the third most widely used fuel worldwide, following gasoline and diesel. Propane also plays a strong role in lowering our national dependence on foreign oil, as 90 percent of the propane used today comes from domestic sources of production.
Numerous studies have been conducted on the operational savings fleets can achieve by converting to propane as a motor fuel. A savings calculator is available online at http://www.SwitchToPropane.com which allows the user to input variables specific to their usage and see first-hand the savings that propane can provide.
Manufactured for the school, childcare, Head Start, church, tour and shuttle markets and sold exclusively by Blue Bird Dealers throughout North America, the Micro Bird is built on a Ford E-450 chassis and uses the 6.8-liter engine with a Roush liquid propane system. The engine is extremely reliable, offers industry leading performance and the entire vehicle can be serviced through the Ford or Blue Bird Dealer network.
Roush liquid propane-powered vehicles have no additional weight added as is the case with some other alternative fuel options. This means that stopping distance and brake wear will be comparable to a gasoline or diesel vehicle, as well as cargo weight capabilities. Furthermore, there is no loss of horsepower or torque running on propane.
Micro Bird Inc. is a joint venture company owned by Blue Bird Corp. and the Girardin family. With over 130 years of combined experience in the bus industry, Blue Bird and Girardin are known for their quality, innovations and many industry firsts.