Blue Bird Vision

Blue Bird Vision
Blue Bird Vision
Vision (2008 to present)
Blue Bird Vision
Vision (2003 to 2008)
Years of manufacture 2003 to present
Length 24'1" to 41'7"
Width 96 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel, LPG, CNG, or gasoline
The Blue Bird Vision logo.

The Blue Bird Vision is a high floor type-C school bus and successor to the Blue Bird CV200. The Vision was launched in 2003 and is Blue Bird's first dedicated Type C school bus chassis.

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Design

The Vision boasts optimal safety particularly in the area of driver visibility. This is achieved with a sloping hood and the Safety View™ Vision Panel which is a window with a wide-angled lens under the windscreen at the door side. The body uses 14-guage steel posts and one-piece roof bows. Exterior side sheet metal is 20 gauge galvanized steel with fluting, and roofing is one piece steel between window sections.

The first alternative fuel option was propane, available since 2007. Blue Bird announced the next generation propane powered Vision in July 2011 which boasts more power and a larger fuel tank. The fuel system is from ROUSH CleanTech and the engine is from Ford. Building further on this powertrain, Blue Bird introduced natural gas and gasoline-powered versions of the Vision in 2016.

In 2008, Blue Bird updated the Vision with a new hood design, new instrument panel, new steering column w/ E-Z adjust peddle and a new electric outward opening service door.

At the end of 2016, Blue Bird received a $4.4 million grant from the Department of Energy to develop an electric-powered school bus bus, with full Vehicle to Grid (V2G) functionality. At the 2017 National Association for Pupil Transportation Trade Show, Blue Bird unveiled a batter-electric-powered version of their Vision. The bus can travel up to 100 miles on a full charge. The 150 kWh batteries can be recharged in under 8 hours by utilizing a Type 2 charger.[1]

Specifications

Demonstrator/engineering units

Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN Engine Transmission Notes
June 2011 1BAKGC5H6BF281638 Ford Triton V10 6.8L propane Ford TorqShift automatic
  • 2012 model.
  • Propane.
  • Altoona test bus from June 11, 2013 to July 17, 2013.

Operators

Blue Bird Vision buses are used by thousands of school districts across the U.S. and Canada, in addition to these private operators:

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