Southland Transportation Ltd., a company that operates school, charter and specialized buses in Alberta and in Saskatchewan, has taken delivery of 101 new Vision propane-powered school buses from Blue Bird Corp.
These new full-size buses, which incorporate propane autogas systems from ROUSH CleanTech and Ford's 6.8-liter engine, will transport students in Calgary and Medicine Hat, Alberta.
‘As a former licensed mechanic, I am well versed in the advantages of propane autogas,’ says Tom Jezersek, vice president of Southland Transportation. ‘These buses are safe, reliable and immediately start in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius, without the use of oil pan heaters or block heaters.’
Southland Transportation deployed its first propane-powered Vision buses in 2007. The company already had 32 units deployed in Calgary for use in the school district, and 59 additional buses have been brought into service. The school district in Medicine Hat will be using 42 new propane-powered Visions.