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Press Release

05/18/2016

Thomas Built Buses Announces Saf-T-Liner® C2 CNG Launch

School Districts Placing First Orders

Contact: nicholas.smith@daimler.com 

HIGH POINT, N.C. – May 19, 2016 – Thomas Built Buses, along with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, has announced the official launch of the Saf-T-Liner® C2 CNG school bus.  This will be the first compressed natural gas engine in the industry on the popular Type C product.  Although a number of school districts already have shown interest in the new bus, orders can now officially be placed.

The Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG utilizes the Cummins Westport ISB6.7 G 6-7 liter natural gas engine and an Allison 2000 series transmission. The new bus is CARB-certified and exceeds EPA 2013 emissions requirements.

Like all other C2 models, the Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG features excellent driver ergonomics and maneuverability, along with the best visibility, safety and durability in its class.

“Today we are proud to open orders for the new Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG. Since we launched the Saf-T-Liner® HDX CNG 20 years ago, we’ve seen how efficient and economical CNG can be for our customers,” said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “We are pleased to take our ever-popular C2 model and upfit it to be used with compressed natural gas for the many school districts which are looking for a lower-priced, cleaner and increasingly abundant fuel supply. The Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG is a great addition to our family of alternative-fueled buses.”

Thomas Built’s green vehicle lineup also includes the Saf-T-Liner® C2 PropaneSaf-T-Liner® HDX CNGMinotour® Propane and Minotour® CNG

Several school districts already have  committed to being the among the first to purchase the new Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG school buses as they roll off the line including North Kansas City School District and Blue Springs School District in Missouri. Orders are rolling in now and production is expected to begin next month.

For more information about the Saf-T-Liner C2 CNG, customers may contact their local Thomas Built Buses dealer.

About Thomas Built Buses

Founded in 1916, Thomas Built Buses is a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America. Since the first Thomas Built bus rolled off the assembly line, the company has been committed to delivering the smartest and most innovative buses in North America. Learn more at www.thomasbus.com or athttp://www.facebook.com/thomasbuiltbuses.

Thomas Built Buses, Inc., headquartered in High Point, N.C., is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of class 4-8 vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the FreightlinerWestern Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.