school buses

All American

Diesel

A Powerful Dependable Cost Effective Choice

As a leader in transport, the FE is especially stellar at navigating in densely populated areas and along highly-trafficked, tight and twisty routes. Its enhanced front service door allows easy access to the engine without the need for special tools, thus increasing uptime and reducing maintenance time.

Safety is Standard...

NOT Optional.

The All American FE and RE Diesel buses feature:

  • Exceptional driver-forward visibility
  • Best-in-class turning radius
  • Unique mirror systems – improving driver awareness and increasing child safety
  • 90% cleaner emissions than in 2006
  • Ultra-low sulfur fuel usage

 

Adding to health protection for students and improved air quality in communities, the All American FE/RE Diesel includes proven selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology.

In the SCR system, nitrous oxide gas is injected with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), which reacts with the catalyst. That reaction breaks the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions down into harmless nitrogen and water vapor.

These components are a pure and natural part of the air we breathe. The nitrogen and water vapor then pass harmlessly through the tailpipe.

At Blue Bird,

Safety is Built In.

At Blue Bird, we don’t cut corners when it comes to safety. We build our buses with safety as the number one priority- always.

Our options are designed with safety in mind.

We’re always thinking ahead when it comes to safety. Check out these safety features- they really are remarkable!

Roof Bows

Blue Bird's custom designed one-piece roof bow system ensures safe student transportation.

Safety Tests

Blue Bird buses are built to pass the industry's most trusted safety tests. This is standard with our buses, not an option.

NextGen Seats

Our exclusive Blue Bird NextGen Seats gives you the ability to convert to multiple seatbelt options, easily and affordable.

Stability Control

Blue Bird was the first to market with Electronic Stability Control, or ESC, for School Buses. You have to see it to believe it!

FE Specifications

Up to 90
 
32″ Wide x 79″ High/ Double electric outward opening (air optional)
 
96″
 
37.5″ Wide x 52″ High
 
90 3/4″
 
Allison 2500 PTS – 5 & 6 speed automatic;
Allison 3000 PTS – 5 & 6 speed automatic
 
Varies by floor plan
 
141″/169″/190″/211″/232″
 
Cummins B6.7 200-300 hp
 
19 3/4″, 25 3/4″
 
77″
 
122″ – 128″ excluding roof options
4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, 4-channel antilock brake system; Air drum and air disc brakes available
 
Soft ride front leaf spring suspension (Rating varies by capacity); Two-stage steel leaf rear spring suspension system (Rating varies by capacity); Air suspension available
 
Tilt & telescoping steering column
 
Front: 95″ with standard steel bumper;
Rear: varies by body length/wheelbase
 
Front axle (Rating varies by capacity)
 
60-100 gallons
 
Rear axle with hypoid, single reduction gears with broad range of ratios available to optimize powertrain performance (Rating varies by capacity)
 
210, 240, 270, 280 and 320 amps with 12 volts
 
50 Degrees
 
11R22.5 (G) all-position radials
 

Up to 36,200 lbs.

The All American Rear Engine (RE) school bus is an extension Blue Bird's legacy of leadership by setting new industry standards for driver ergonomics, efficiency, safety, serviceability, passenger comfort and life-cycle value. The engine's rear location provides exceptional serviceability, allows for extra cooling and consequently higher power ratings.

RE Specifications

Up to 84
 
32″ Wide x 79″ High/ Double electric outward opening (air optional)
 
96″
 
Emergency window standard
 
90 3/4″
 
Allison 2500 PTS – 5 & 6 speed automatic;
Allison 3000 PTS – 5 & 6 speed automatic
 
Varies by floor plan
 
189″/217″/245″/259″/273″
 
Cummins B6.7 200-300 hp, Cummins L9 260-300 hp
 
19 3/4″, 25 3/4″
 
77″
 
210, 240, 270, 280, 320 and 325 amps with 12 volts
 
122″ – 128″ excluding roof options
4-channel antilock brake system; Air drum and air disc brakes available
 
Soft ride front leaf spring suspension (Rating varies by capacity); Two-stage steel leaf rear spring suspension system (Rating varies by capacity); Air suspension available
 
Tilt & telescoping steering column
 
Front: 95″ with standard steel bumper;
Rear: varies by body length/wheelbase
 
Front axle (Rating varies by capacity)
 
60-100 gallons
 
2 group 31 batteries, each battery rated at 12v, 700CCA & 185 minutes of reserve capacity
 
Rear axle with hypoid, single reduction gears with broad range of ratios available to optimize powertrain performance (Rating varies by capacity)
 
50 Degrees
 
11R22.5 (G) all-position radials
 

Up to 36,200 lbs.

Built-in Longevity

Solid Dependability.

The All American Diesel is custom-tailored to deliver the best combination of:

  • Horsepower
  • Torque
  • Reliability
  • Durability
  • Fuel Economy

The All American Diesel’s after-treatment system allows the bus to meet the latest, near-zero nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter emissions levels. In fact, our diesel buses are over 90% cleaner than they were in 2006.

On-board diagnostic instruments monitor the emissions system’s performance.

Our All American Diesel buses offer the industry’s largest DEF tank at 15 gallons, which better aligns with typical service intervals.

The Blue Bird Vision is equipped with 50,000 PSI C-channel steel frame rails, giving this bus major stability and durability for increased performance.

WHAT’S UNDER THE HOOD…

 

CUMMINS

CONFIGURED

SPECIFICALLY

FOR BLUE BIRD
SCHOOL BUSES

 

Blue Bird works closely with Cummins, an industry-leading engine manufacturer, to…develop unique and proprietary engine and drivetrain configurations specifically designed for our Blue Bird school buses.

Oldie but Goodie.

Our Diesel buses hold value like a sponge.

Diesel engines rarely need to be replaced, and diesel buses are known for high resale value. The All American Diesel is no exception. The All American Diesel’s best-in-class engines are covered by a standard 5-year, 100,000-mile warranty by Cummins.

Total Cost of Ownership

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Calculating the Total Cost of Ownership, or (TCO), allows you to select a bus with confidence, because you will know you are getting the best return on your investment.

TCO is determined based on…

Initial purchase price, taking into account…

    • Fuel costs over time
    • Maintenance costs over time
    • Projected bus lifespan


 

If your fleet has invested in diesel power, the All American FE/RE Diesel buses are a great choice.

 

The Blue Bird All American FE Diesel bus is priced similarly to other manufacturers, and comes with Blue Bird’s attention to quality and durability, increasing the lifespan of your bus.

Time Savers

on Diesel Buses
🙂 on maintenance & training
  • Enhanced service doors
  • Proven performance
  • Simple service strategy
SAVINGS

Highlights

of our Diesel buses
!! Best in class
  • 15 gallon DEF tanks
  • Cummins SCR self-contained system
  • Shared parts commonality with all Diesel models
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Warranties

on Diesel Buses
5 year, 100,000-mile Cummins warranty
  • Engine & Transmission
  • Entire Fuel System
standard