Design and Production of a Methanol-Fueled School Bus 902223

In January 1989, the California Energy Commission called on engine and coach manufacturers to identify the concerns and obstacles to be overcome in order to develop a School Bus Demonstration Program using alternative fuels. Working closely with Detroit Diesel Corporation, Crown Coach undertook the development to apply DDC's methanol-fueled 6V-92TA engine in the Crown transit style heavy-duty school bus. Safety was the prime consideration in designing a vehicle that not only exceeded FMVSS-301 Fuel System Integrity requirements and State specifications, but also met the anticipated needs of the operating school districts and potential concerns of parents.


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