CHICAGO – BusCon is a “who’s who” of people and a “what’s what” of information when it comes to the bus industry; with all the industry decision-makers on hand, it is the location that Micro Bird chose to launch the G5, a new ROUSH liquid-propane powered E-450 Dual Rear Wheel (DRW) Cutaway vehicle.
During the BusCon show, the Micro Bird G5 will be on display in the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) Propane booth number 226 at the Navy Pier in Chicago. The Show is open to industry trade representatives on Wednesday, September 29 and Thursday, September 30.
The Micro Bird G5 ROUSH liquid propane-powered E-450 has a 25 passenger capacity and will be available exclusively through Blue Bird dealers nationwide beginning in the first quarter of 2011. This bus uses the Ford 6.8L, V-10 engine which runs on the ROUSH liquid propane injection fuel system which offers reduced operation expenses as well as cleaner emissions. The fuel capacity is 43 usable gallons which, depending on driving conditions, has a range of 320 miles.
"This product delivers on a need that the shuttle bus, school bus and delivery markets have been asking for. Through the use of propane, fleets will significantly reduce their operating costs as well as the carbon footprint for those that adopt this liquid propane technology without compromising any of the key vehicle attributes such as horsepower, torque, weight, or the space available for passengers or cargo,” said Todd Mouw, ROUSH vice-president of sales and marketing.
“We are excited to partner with Micro Bird on a Class A school bus that utilizes this Dual Rear Wheel and liquid propane injection conversion system. Nothing speaks louder about safety and reduced emissions than putting children, our most precious cargo, in a propane-powered vehicle like the Micro Bird G5,” he added.
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 www.SwitchToPropane.com which allows the user to input variables specific to their usage and see first-hand the savings that propane can provide.
ROUSH liquid propane-powered vehicles, such as the Micro Bird G5 Ford E-450 DRW Cutaway, 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.
About Micro Bird, Inc. and ROUSH Performance Products
Micro Bird Inc is a joint venture company owned by Blue Bird Corporation 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. Offering a complete line of type A and B school, MFSAB and Commercial buses, the Blue Bird Micro Bird by Girardin can carry up to 30 passengers. Micro Birds are intended for the school, childcare, Head Start, churches, tour, and shuttle markets throughout North America. With over 60,000 Type A and B buses built to date, Micro Bird Inc is committed to offering the highest level of quality in its products, customer service and sales support.
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