Blue Bird received the Extra Mile Award from the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition for "commitment and success in bringing alternative-fueled school buses to market."
Blue Bird has manufactured alt-fuel buses since 1991. Last summer, the company unveiled its Next-Generation Propane-Powered Vision Type C school bus at the STN EXPO in Reno. Those propane conventionals recently went into mass production, and the company also manufacturers the Propane-Powered Type A Micro Bird with Girardin, Inc. Meanwhile, Blue Bird continues to produce CNG school bus models.
“Blue Bird was chosen because they have gone the 'extra mile' in offering and providing a safe, attractive and viable alternative fuel choice for their buses amidst rising diesel fuel prices,” said Charise Stephens, executive director of the Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition. “Blue Bird is a local hero that is supplying cleaner-burning buses throughout the nation. They’ve put Middle Georgia on the map as a hub for clean technology.”
Georgia’s Hall County Schools in recently purchased 20 buses, becoming the first school district in the state to fuel with domestically produced, economical propane autogas. Vehicles fueled by propane autogas emit fewer greenhouse gases and hydrocarbons than diesel-powered vehicles.
“We hope and expect to have many more counties in Middle Georgia using clean, domestic propane autogas,” Stephens added.
“At Blue Bird, we are committed to providing innovative, reliable and efficient green solutions that our customers want and value,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all our employees.”