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Nexbus CNG Type A - as natural as it gets

Apparently LPG autogas is not the only alternative gaseous fuel North American school districts ar efalling in love with. The first four units of Collins Bus Corporation's Nexbus CNG Type A, powered with compressed natural gas, have just been delivered.

The units have been purchased by the Lower Merion School District in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and although they may be first for the bus manufacturer (itself a part of ASV – Allied Special Vehicles), the school district already runs a 117-vehicle fleet comprising for the most part of CNG-powered buses. With more than half of the student shuttles running on compressed natural gas instead of petrol or diesel, the Lower Merion School District has one of the largest fleets of alternative fuel school buses on the entire US East coast.

We are excited to see the delivery of the first Ford Factory OEM approved CNG Type A school bus. The Collins NEXBUS CNG model demonstrates ASV’s commitment to meeting customer demands for environmentally friendly vehicles powered by clean alternative fuel systems that reduce carbon emissions.

John Walsh, vice president of sales for ASV Bus

Nexbus CNG Type A© ASVCNG and school buses go together well

The buses are based on Ford E-450 cutaway chassis cabs (with ex-factory gaseous engine prep packages) and feature Westport WiNG Power System CNG fuel systems, certified under the Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program. Thanks to the certification, the Nexbus buses maintain Ford's 3-year/36000-mile (approx. 57600-km) chassis, engine and powertrain warranty. Hopefully, other school districts in Pennsylvania and across the US will grow envious and will soon introduce CNG-powered school buses of their own to try and become leaders in terms of adoption of natural gas as motor fuel for student transport vehicles.

Westport’s partnership with Collins is a natural one. Each company brings a commitment to offering the best solution for fleet customers and delivering a quality product of superior performance.

Paul Shaffer, Westport vice president and managing director responsible for the Westport WiNG business


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