Thomas Built Buses Inc. has introduced the Saf-T-Liner C2 propane autogas school bus equipped with the new Driveforce 8.8L LPG engine, produced by Powertrain Solutions Integration.
According to Thomas Built Buses, the new engine offers increased torque for hill-climbing power while maintaining lower engine speeds, resulting in improved fuel economy.
“We are happy to offer this new propane option for our customers,” says Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “As our continued commitment to stand behind the latest in safety and efficiency technologies in our industry, this engine, which was designed specifically for propane fuel, offers customers uncompromising power and performance with maximum fuel efficiency and cleaner emissions.”
The Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 propane equipped with the 8.8L LPG engine can be paired with the Allison 2500 or 2550 PTS transmission. Customers can also choose a 70- or 100-gallon fuel tank configuration.
The manufacturer notes that the propane autogas-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 is certified by the California Air Resources Board in all 50 states.
Production of the new school bus is expected to begin in early August. Thomas Built Buses, headquartered in High Point, N.C., is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC.