Kansas City Buys 47 CNG-Powered School Buses

I remember them as the “yellow devils” that came around every morning to take me to school. Noisy, dirty, and not fuel efficient, Kansas City is looking to trade its petrol-powered school bus for a fleet of 47 CNG-powered buses.

The Kansas City, Kansas school district got a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, which covers about half the cost of buying the compressed natural gas buses and the needed infrastructure. The Thomas Built Saf-T Liner HDX CNG-powered buses have a rear-mounted engine, and supposedly have 80% parts commonality on the Cummins 8.9 liter engine between CNG and diesel-powered versions. It makes just as much horsepower and torque, but requires fewer oil changes than diesel-powered engines.

The Kansas City school board went with CNG buses in part because it is an American-sourced fuel. I got nothing wrong with that, and there are plans to eventually convert 100% of the city’s fleet of 80 buses over to CNG. Five have been delivered so far, and the rest should be delivered by the end of the year, as the CNG buses are slated to go into service in early 2011. I’m sure the children are (not) thrilled.

Source: Daimler via AutoblogGreen

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.


Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.