School Bus Fleet

October 2014

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industry news 12 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 IC Bus to offer propane school bus The CE Series propane school bus also integrates the Allison 2500 trans- mission with FuelSense to maximize fuel economy. IC Bus will manufacture the pro- pane vehicles at its school bus assem- bly plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Deliv- eries will begin in summer 2015, and buses will go into service for the start of the 2015-16 school year. The propane CE Series will be on display at this year's National Associ- ation for Pupil Transportation Summit in Kansas City, Missouri. LISLE, Ill. — IC Bus will offer a pro- pane version of its CE Series school bus in time for the 2015-16 school year, company offcials announced in Sep- tember. The bus will be powered by a Power Solutions International (PSI) 8.8-liter propane engine. IC Bus offcials said that the CE Series bus with the PSI pro- pane engine is purpose-built for the school bus industry and is designed to provide diesel-like performance. "Our customers asked for a better propane fuel choice for the market, and we answered," IC Bus President John McKinney said. "Our IC Bus CE Series with PSI's 8.8-liter LP engine will be the frst school bus specifcally engineered to run on propane without sacrifcing power, performance or du- rability." The PSI 8.8-liter engine is engineered to deliver high torque at low speed, with a rating of 565 lb.-ft. at 1,500 rpm. Offcials said that the high torque-low speed design benefts stop-and-start applications to allow immediate ac- celeration after stops and greater hill climbing capability. It reportedly also eliminates excessive noise, heat and vibration associated with constant en- gine revving, and minimal revving reduces engine wear, oil usage and maintenance while increasing dura- bility and effciency. "The PSI 8.8-liter engine is an eco- nomic, low-speed solution that boasts diesel-like performance, high dura- bility, reduced noise and overall wear with all the benefts of alternative fu- els," said Gary Winemaster, chairman and CEO of PSI. IC Bus will offer a propane version of its CE Series school bus in time for the 2015-16 school year. BY THOMAS MCMAHON HANNIBAL, N.Y. — Alex Familo has a long bus ride to school, but he said that he enjoys it and even learns new things be- cause of the efforts of his driver, Larry Eason. Familo, who has autism, nominated Eason for a Friends of Autism award, which was presented to the Hannibal Central School District bus driver at a recent reception. "Larry is my bus driver and he is my friend," Familo wrote in his nomination letter, which he read from at the award reception. "He knows that things can get hard for me. He is always patient and takes great care of me." Eason has been driving for Hannibal Cen- tral School District for 27 years. Two years ago, he switched from his longtime route to driving a special-needs bus. Hannibal Transportation Supervisor Jeff Howland said that Eason is an exemplary bus driver who goes out of his way to connect with his students. "Larry is very dedicated to the safety of the students he transports and showing interest in their lives so they know that they are important," Howland said. "He has truly been a blessing to the children he has transported and to us here in the transportation department." Familo noted in his nomination letter that riding in Eason's bus is an educational experience. The driver teaches him songs and interesting facts. "We have a long drive, so we do a lot of singing. He taught me 'Old Man River,' and we use a very deep voice," Familo wrote. "Larry taught me all about the high tension wires that we drive by. Some are for cable. Some are for telephone. Some are for elec- tricity. You don't want to touch them because they are dangerous and they are hot." The Friends of Autism award was given to Eason by the Oswego County Autism Task Force. Howland said that Eason "is very hum- bled and honored." Familo's nomination letter can be down- loaded at schoolbusfeet.com/Oct14f. School bus driver awarded for work with autistic students School bus driver Larry Eason (left) is pictured with one of his passengers, Alex Familo, who nominated Eason for a Friends of Autism award.

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