The Leader in Alternative Fuels School Buses - Electric, Propane, Gas and CNG

Blue Bird Vision Propane

Blue Bird Vision Propane Powered School Bus

With over 15,000 sold, Blue Bird’s 4th Generation Vision Propane bus is engineered to deliver fuel and maintenance cost-saving results, as well as offer drivers a pleasant riding and operation experience. As many satisfied customers can affirm, propane is a safe, clean and affordable alternative fuel, that features many operational and cost-saving benefits.

The Vision Propane bus features:

  • Exceptional driver-forward visibility
  • Unique mirror systems - improving driver awareness and increasing child safety
  • Propane autogas is safe for children and the environment.

    • Propane is non-toxic and non-poisonous. It poses no harm to groundwater, surface water, or soil. It does not spill, pool or leave any residue when released, but dissipates into the air.
  • In its natural state, propane autogas is virtually odorless and colorless.

    • In its natural form, propane has no scent, but a scent has been added (ethyl mercaptan) and is necessary to alert you that there is gas in the air. You will not smell propane as you drive down the road in this bus, unless there is a leak. This is for your safety.
  • Propane autogas does not ignite easily.

    • Because it is released from a pressured container as a vapor, propane autogas can’t be ingested like gasoline or alcohol fuels. To put it simply, igniting propane gas in the air calls for very specific things to occur. The mixture of propane/air must contain 2.2 percent to 9.6 percent propane vapor. Any more, or any less than that, and the propane will not ignite. Plus, the source of ignition must reach 940 degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast, gasoline will ignite at only 430 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The fuel tanks used to house propane autogas are incredibly durable and thick.

    • Propane autogas fuel tanks are 20 times more puncture-resistant than typical diesel or gasoline tanks. They are made from carbon steel, include vapor-tight enclosures around all lines and fittings, and are manufactured with an Overfilling Prevention Device (OPD) that ensures the fuel volume will be able to adjust with temperature variations. There is also a pressure release device in every tank should the pressure rise beyond safe levels.
  • The propane autogas engine fuel system is built with safety in mind.

    • Our buses’ engine systems are fitted with safety devices and shut-off valves that function automatically if the fuel line ruptures, and all lines and hoses are protected to prevent damage from loose cargo which could be encountered in the vehicle interior.
  • The propane autogas tank mounting system is strong and secure.

    • Even in 20g frontal impact, or 8g side or rear impact (which is twice the requirement specified in NFPA58), the propane tank will remain securely in place. It is also mounted between Blue Bird’s durable frame rails, which creates additional safety.
  • Fueling is safe and easy.

    • Propane is 270 times more compact as a liquid than as a gas, making it safe and economical to store and transport. Wearing gloves and goggles is recommended when refueling (which is also recommended for CNG, diesel and gasoline fueling).


5-years / unlimited miles

Blue Bird Vision school buses equipped with the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system offer a 5-year / unlimited mile limited powertrain warranty, giving you piece of mind.

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 Capacity Up to 83 Entrance Door 27" Wide x 78" High/ Double electric outward opening (optional), Manual Door (standard)
Exterior Width 96" Rear Door 37.5" Wide x 52" High
Interior Width 90-3/4" Transmission Ford 6R140 - 6 speed automatic
Aisle Width Varies by floor plan Engine Ford 6.8L with Gasoline Fuel System; Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM, 320 hp
Skirt Length 16 1/4", 19 3/4", 25 3/4" Interior Height 77"
Alternator 210, 240, 270 and 320 amps with 12 volts
Overall Height 122" - 128" excluding roof options
Brakes 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with 4-channel antilock brake system; Air drum and air disc brakes available Suspension Soft ride front leaf spring suspension (Rating varies by capacity); Two-stage steel leaf rear spring suspension system (Rating varies by capacity); Air suspension available
Wheelbase 169"/189"/217"/238"/
Steering Tilt & telescoping steering column
Overhang 45" front overhang with standard steel bumper. Rear overhang varies by body length/wheelbase Front Axle Front axle (Rating varies by capacity)
Fuel Capacity Standard (usable) 67-gallon; optional 93-gallon located between frame rails in rear overhang; 47-gallon for 169" wheelbase Battery Capacity 2 group 31 batteries, each battery rated at 12v, 700CCA & 185 minutes of reserve capacity
Rear Axle Rear axle with hypoid, single reduction gears with broad range of ratios available to optimize powertrain performance (Rating varies by capacity) Wheel Cut 50 Degrees
Tire Size 11R22.5 (G) all-position radials GVWR Up to 33,000 lbs.