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August 2016

Compressed Natural Gas – The Basics

Districts switching to alternative fuels are creating a lot of buzz. First there was a tremendous amount of attention to propane engines. And now the focus has shifted to compressed natural gas, especially since we officially have started production on our new Saf-T-Liner® C2 CNG school bus with the Cummins ISB6.7 G engine and Allison 2000 Series transmission...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Consider Fuel Costs

Whether you are converting to alternative fuels or running a clean-diesel bus, consider your fuel costs. Newer buses run more efficiently and operate with reduced fuel costs compared to older buses. In addition, many alternative fuels run much more efficiently and cost less than diesel. Reviewing your fuel costs can help streamline your decision on when it is time to get a new bus and what type of bus best meets your needs.

May 2016

Pride, Purpose and Passion: 100th Anniversary Celebrations Are Underway

We’re having a great time celebrating our 100th anniversary this year. This past month we hosted an employee celebration event with 4,500 of our current and retired employees, dealers and their families. And members of the founding Thomas family showed up for our carnival-themed extravaganza.

A few weeks later, we continued to celebrate with our first appearance in a NASCAR race, where w...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Financing Options Can Stretch Your Budget

Consider financing with Daimler Truck Financial as a way to stretch your operating budget this year. Through tax-exempt municipal financing or competitive retail loans and leases, you can purchase new buses by making periodic payments on terms up to seven years. That leaves more money in your pocket for all of your other necessities.

March 2016

Thomas Built Buses Celebrates 100 Years – Five Ways to Celebrate With Us

One hundred years ago, Perley A. Thomas gave Thomas Built Buses its start when he founded the Perley A. Thomas Car Works, a streetcar company, in 1916. Since then, Thomas Built Buses has been a leader in the school bus industry providing innovations, product features and designs that not only make school buses even more durable, safe, smart and efficient, but also make Thomas Built buses belove...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Consider Alternative Fuels

Next to the capital cost of a school bus, fleets spend most of their budget on fueling costs. When upgrading your fleet, consider an alternative fuel such as propane or compressed natural gas. The fuel savings alone will decrease your total cost of ownership, in addition to lowering maintenance costs and gaining the satisfaction of running a cleaner vehicle.

September 2015

Thomas Built Buses Adds SmartTrac™ Electronic Stability Control And Other Innovations To School Buses

Thomas Built Buses has teamed up with Meritor WABCO to offer new factory-installed SmartTrac™ electronic stability control (ESC) on its diesel and compressed natural gas-fueled Saf-T-Liner® C2 school buses. SmartTrac ESC is a vehicle safety system that intervenes automatically when it senses instability that could lead to a rollover or loss of bus control.

“When faced with rollovers and...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip: Start Route Optimization Early

Route optimization is an essential part of every school year. But did you know it can save you quite a bit of money? By truly optimizing your routes, you can determine the shortest, fastest and safest routes for your students and buses. And, by consolidating bus stops and reducing mileage, you may potentially require fewer buses, which means less fuel and lower maintenance costs. If you are able to optimize your routes enough to decrease the number of buses in use, be sure to run the buses with the lowest total cost of ownership to keep your fuel and maintenance costs even lower.

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