November 8, 2016, Lisle, Ill – IC Bus demonstrated its latest innovations designed for the CE and RE buses at the recent National Association Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) 42nd Annual Summit in Kansas City, Missouri.
“We were excited to exhibit at this year’s NAPT Annual Summit and showcase the latest innovation at IC Bus,” said Trish Reed, vice president and general manager, IC Bus. “Our customers want and value reliable, affordable and safe bus options and we had a number of technologies from over-the-air (OTA) programming to gasoline engines on display at this year’s summit that give our clients more choices to meet their school bus transportation needs.”
IC Bus representatives were onsite at the company’s NAPT booth to answer questions from conference participants. The following innovations and vehicles were on display and highlighted the company’s strategies around connected vehicles, quality, and products.
Earlier this year, IC Bus announced that OTA programming of engine control modules (ECM) are available for IC Bus™ models powered by Navistar® proprietary engines and, going forward, by Cummins® engines. OTA programming of the bus’s ECM will enable the bus driver, maintainer or fleet manager to utilize a mobile interface to initiate engine programming to approved engine calibrations. This quick procedure can be performed at the customer’s facility over a safe, secure Wi-Fi connection. OTA is available for aftermarket purchase through IC Bus dealers for all IC Bus™ models, 2007 and newer, that are powered by Navistar proprietary engines. For new IC Bus school buses powered by Cummins engines, OTA will be available in early 2017.
Pre/Post Inspection Tool
The semi-automated inspection tool harnesses the power of IC Bus’ Diamond Logic® software and leads to quicker and more accurate pre- and post-inspections. The tool will be available in mid-2017 and demos occurred every hour on the hour in the IC Bus booth.
The newly designed windows minimize the effort needed to operate them and offer greater protection against leaking. The windows will be available in the spring of 2017.
60g/60g coated steel will change to 90g/90g coated steel on painted bus body panels which leads to better corrosion protection. Customers can add this option to their buses in November 2016.
Gasoline-Powered CE School Bus
This bus is designed to make ownership more affordable and to provide easier maintenance for school districts and contractors, and will utilize the purpose built Power Solutions International’s (PSI) modern and highly-efficient 8.8L V8 gasoline engine paired with commercial grade transmissions.
Propane-Powered CE School Bus
Purpose-built for the school bus industry, the CE Series with PSI propane engine is designed to provide diesel-like performance with higher torque at lower engine speeds. The high torque-low speed design greatly benefits stop-and-start applications to allow immediate acceleration after stops and greater hill climbing capability. This not only improves startability and gradability, but also eliminates excessive noise, heat and vibration associated with constant engine revving. Minimal revving reduces engine wear, oil usage and maintenance, while increasing durability and efficiency.
RE Series School Bus with Cummins L9
“Adding the proven, market-accepted Cummins L9 to the RE Series is fundamental to our strategy to provide our customers with the broadest selection of mid-range diesel engines,” said Trish Reed, vice president and general manager, IC Bus. “The addition of the L9 to the RE Series school bus provides customers with a winning combination of uptime, performance and durability.”
For more information on the complete line of buses and new technology offered by IC Bus, visit a local IC Bus Dealer or http://www.icbus.com.
About IC Bus
IC Bus, LLC of Lisle, Ill., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navistar, Inc. (NYSE: NAV). The nation’s largest integrated manufacturer of school buses, IC Bus is a global leader in passenger protection, chassis design, engines and ergonomics. The company is also a producer of commercial buses. All IC Bus™ buses are sold, serviced and supported through a renowned dealer network that offers an integrated customer program encompassing parts, training and service. Additional information is available at www.icbus.com.
Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com.
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