WATERBURY, Conn., Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IC Bus today announced it will complete an order of 149 CE Series school buses by Durham School Services, powered by the Power Solutions International (PSI) 8.8-liter LP propane engine. The new buses will serve the community and families of Waterbury Public Schools in Connecticut.
"IC Bus is honored to partner with Durham School Services in providing Waterbury Public Schools environmentally friendly, reliable and safe transportation," said Trish Reed, vice president and general manager, IC Bus. "To date, this order represents the single largest deployment of propane-powered school buses in the state of Connecticut and demonstrates our customers' continued confidence in our products."
Purpose-built for the school bus industry, the CE Series with PSI propane engine is designed to provide diesel-like performance with higher torque at lower engine speeds. The high torque-low speed design greatly benefits stop-and-start applications to allow immediate acceleration after stops and greater hill climbing capability. This not only improves startability and gradability, but also eliminates excessive noise, heat and vibration associated with constant engine revving. Minimal revving reduces engine wear, oil usage and maintenance, while increasing durability and efficiency.
The buses are being built at the IC Bus assembly plant in Tulsa, Okla. Deliveries began in June 2016 and will be complete this summer in time for back-to-school transportation needs in the 2016-2017 school year.
"We strive to be environmentally friendly and work hard to earn high scores for our 'green fleet' efforts," said Steve Schmuck, VP of Durham School Services operations, East. "Propane is an option in that evolution. We are pleased to have partnered with IC Bus as these new buses will help improve the Waterbury community environmentally, while getting our students to school safely, on time and ready to learn."
About Durham School Services
Durham School Services, Stock Transportation, Petermann Bus and National Express Transit, make up National Express, headquartered in Warrenville, Ill. As a leader in transit and student transportation, National Express is committed to exceptional safety, outstanding customer service and positive employee relations. Our North American companies operate 23,000 buses and serve over 500 clients in 36 states and four provinces.
About IC Bus
IC Bus, LLC of Lisle, Ill., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navistar, Inc. (NYSE: NAV). The nation's largest integrated manufacturer of school buses, IC Bus is a global leader in passenger protection, chassis design, engines and ergonomics. The company is also a producer of commercial buses. All IC Bus™ buses are sold, serviced and supported through a renowned dealer network that offers an integrated customer program encompassing parts, training and service. Additional information is available at www.icbus.com.
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com.
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