Blue Bird in Fort Valley to manufacture gasoline-powered school bus

Blue Bird Corp. will soon be the only major school bus manufacturer offering buses fueled with gasoline.

The Fort Valley company plans to manufacture a new gasoline-powered Type C Vision school bus beginning in 2016, according to a release.

The new bus will offer schools several benefits. It will cost less than diesel- or propane-powered models; maintenance and repairs will be easier, since a majority of technicians are trained to work on gasoline engines; and refueling can take place nearly anywhere, according to the release.

The new bus will feature a Ford V10 engine and come with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Blue Bird has sold more than 550,000 school buses sold since its formation in 1927 and has about 180,000 buses in operation today. The company manufactures buses at two facilities in Fort Valley.

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