Yearly Archives: 2015

EPA 2015 School Bus Replacement Rebates

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Funding Opportunity.  This is a rebate program to replace and retrofit older school buses in both the public and private fleets.  The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $7 million.  To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, and the selection process, please visit

EPA will accept rebate applications until Friday, October 30, 2015, at 4 pm EDT.  Applicants may request to replace up to ten buses per application and retrofit ten buses per application with a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst plus Closed Crankcase Ventilation system.  Fleets with 101 or more buses may submit two applications.  Applications may be downloaded from  Completed applications should be emailed to  Please include your organization’s name in the subject line.

EPA will offer a webinar for interested applicants on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 2pm EDT.  The webinar link is and the call-in number is 314-627-1518, access code 537-048-931.

Questions about the program should be sent to

Tech Training Class FULL

We received an overwhelming response to our Technician Training Workshop titled “Diesel Emissions 101: What Techs REALLY Need to Know,” and the class is now full.

You may still register for a spot on the wait list via the Registration Page. If space becomes available due to cancellations, you will be notified.

Look for our next Technician Workshop announcement coming soon!

Technician Training Scheduled

As part of our new year round Technician Training program, we will be hosting more frequent one day or two day workshops in addition to our annual Blue Bird Service Training Workshop, typically held in the summer. Here’s what on tap:

DIESEL EMISSIONS 101: What Techs REALLY Need to Know

  • Evolution of aftertreatment specific to the Cummins engine in Blue Bird applications from 2007 to current
  • Theory and operation of all three emission levels
  • How to triage: what does this fault code mean?
  • Dash indicators and specific instrument warnings
  • Cummins InSite features and benefits: will be hooked up live to a Cummins engine and displayed on our 10′ projection screen
  • The Blue Bird difference

Thursday, October 29, 2015
8 am to 4 pm, lunch included
Training held at Western Bus Sales facility in Boring, OR
Trainer: Luke Myers, Product Support Manager
30355 SE Highway 212, Boring, OR 97009
Class is Free

Visit the Registration Page to secure your spot today!

Gasoline Type C Blue Bird Vision On The Way

Blue Bird unveiled their newest powertrain offering – GASOLINE – in the Type C Vision school bus product line on July 28, 2015. This bus is designed to make ownership more affordable and to provide easier maintenance for school districts and contractors, and will utilize Ford Motor Company’s modern and highly-efficient Ford 6.8L V10 gasoline engine. Blue Bird is the only major manufacturer to offer a Type C gasoline-powered school bus.

Utilizing much of the same proven technology and engine architecture as their class-leading propane-autogas powered bus, Blue Bird’s new gasoline bus will offer the same reliability and durability that customers expect — at a lower acquisition cost. Additionally, Blue Bird is standing behind this new offering with a 5 year / unlimited mileage powertrain warranty.

Customers will find the benefits of the Blue Bird Gasoline Bus include:

  • Lower upfront price
  • Minimal emissions hardware to maintain
  • Outstanding cold weather starting capability
  • Familiarity of engine for mechanics
  • Quiet, smooth operation
  • 5 year / unlimited mileage warranty

“With an attractive upfront price, Blue Bird’s new gasoline-powered Vision bus will provide a very affordable option to customers and keep the total cost of ownership as low as possible,” said Phil Horlock, President and CEO of Blue Bird. “Maintenance and service of this proven and modern gasoline engine is simpler for technicians, while the bus is powerful and quiet to drive. This product is another example of our commitment to bringing innovative and affordable class-leading products to the school bus market that customers want and value.”

Blue Bird’s exclusive partnership with Ford and ROUSH CleanTech, the same team that brought the Blue Bird propane-powered Vision to the industry, has allowed Blue Bird to produce a Type C gasoline bus featuring the same proven 6.8L V10 engine and 6R-140 transmission used in more than 5,500 Blue Bird Propane Vision buses. The gasoline engine provides excellent performance, coupled with smooth, quiet operation to power Blue Bird’s Type C Vision school buses.

“Ford Component Sales is excited to continue to partner with Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech in creating innovative products. We started with our class-leading propane engine and now our gasoline engine will also be powering Blue Bird’s Vision bus,” said Ford executive Jamy Rankin. “The gasoline-powered bus will utilize the same powertrain as Ford’s medium-duty commercial F-650 / F-750, tailored for school bus applications, providing industry-leading engine performance and durability to Blue Bird’s customers.” Ford has produced over 1.3 million of these engines, making it one of the most prevalent commercial duty engines on the market today.

The Blue Bird gasoline-powered school bus will be available in 2016.

Summer Swing of Things

Our new Service Building opened in the spring of 2015, and is going strong through this very busy summer. All ten (10) bays are full of vehicles in for annual inspections, heavy duty engine repairs, or any other number of complex service jobs. We have a great team of Technicians and Service Writers who are enjoying the new digs on our expansive property here in Boring.

We welcome anyone in the neighborhood, or passing by on their way over Mt Hood, to stop in for a quick tour of the new building. We’d love to show you around!