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A New Vision

School Transportation News

Every new product starts with a vision. Next comes a sketch of what the manufacturer wants to create and to bring to market. For a new alternative-fuel school bus, this blueprint is the first step in a lengthy process that involves prototype building, testing, data gathering, reporting and multiple certifications.

Joe Thompson, president of ROUSH CleanTech in Livonia, Mich., said this process took about two years for the next-generation, propane-autogas Blue Bird Vision that went into production earlier this year.

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