Blue Bird begins production of propane buses with new engine

Blue Bird began production of its 2022 Blue Bird Vision propane and gasoline school buses, integrating Ford’s 7.3-liter V-8 engine and a fuel system designed specifically for school buses.

The fuel system technology, known as Gen 5, was developed by Roush CleanTech. Roush has manufactured more than 30,000 propane and gasoline fuel systems for Blue Bird buses equipped with Ford’s 6.8-liter engine.

“The exclusive partnership between Blue Bird, Roush CleanTech and Ford continues to flourish as we launch Ford’s new engine with cutting-edge fuel systems in our Vision and Micro Bird school buses,” says Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corp. “We’ve already heard excitement from our customers about this compact, more powerful and easier-to-maintain engine with better fuel economy.”