school buses



A Up-Front COST Low Maintenance Leader

Nearly 80% of all vehicles in North America run on gasoline. Built to give you instant savings from the start - and down the road. This bus does not require thousands of dollars of additional equipment to run clean, and costs less to maintain.



The Vision Gasoline bus features:

  • Exceptional driver-forward visibility
  • Best-in-class turning radius
  • Unique mirror systems – improving driver awareness and increasing child safety
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.


As with newer passenger vehicles, the in-tank fuel pump is electronically controlled to deliver only the amount of fuel required by the engine; no fuel is returned from the engine to the fuel storage tank. The fuel lines are isolated from static electricity and made from a low vapor permeable material to comply with Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards. 

As with all liquid-fueled Blue Bird buses, our gasoline fuel system has been tested to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for fuel system integrity.

Feeling Low?

Our NOx level is 0.08 g/bhp-hr!

The Vision Gasoline’s Ford engine, paired with the Ford 6R140 transmission and ROUSH CleanTech fuel system, is certified to the low NOx level of 0.08 g/bhp-hr.

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!

Vision Gasoline Specifications

Up to 83
27″ Wide x 78″ High/ Double electric outward opening (optional), Air (optional), Manual door (standard)
37″ Wide x 52″ High
90 3/4″
Ford® 6R140 – 6 speed automatic
Varies by floor plan
Ford® 7.3L V8 Gasoline, 350 hp
16 1/4″, 19 3/4″, 25 3/4″
210, 240, 270 and 320 amps with 12 volts
122″ – 128″ excluding roof options
4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes with 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: 45″ with standard steel bumper;
Rear: varies by body length/wheelbase
Front axle (Rating varies by capacity)
Standard 60-gallon, optional 100-gallon located between frame rails in rear overhang
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 33,000 lbs.

Back to School!

Perfect for technicians.

We make it easy to maintain with our superior technical training programs. ROUSH CleanTech also provides ongoing support through on-site or web-based technician training. To set up training, please contact your local Blue Bird dealer.



The Vision Gasoline Quality is Built-in.  Blue Bird’s purpose-built chassis, specifically designed for bus applications, blends 90 years of innovation with unmatched value.

A few examples:

  • Horsepower
  • Torque
  • Reliability


We Stand Behind Our Quality with a standard 5-year, unlimited mile warranty on our Vision Gasoline Engine and Fuel Systems.

The performance of the 7.3L engine relies on the transmission it works with. This is why Blue Bird has chosen to pair the Ford 7.3L engine with the proven 6R140 Ford transmission

Our quality shows from the ergonomic driver’s cockpit to the industry’s largest bumpers for added safety and protection..

We pay attention to the details that deliver performance, and consistently explore ways to better our products. It’s part of Blue Bird’s continuous improvement culture.


FORD 7.3L V8




Quality Performance

This transmission was designed for the Ford 7.3L engine in order to deliver the best ratio of power and fuel economy.

Budget Minded?

Blue Bird has you covered.

The Blue Bird Vision Gasoline bus has the lowest up-front cost in the Type C Vision lineup of products.  Combine that with a reduction in parts and greater availability of gasoline mechanics, to create an easier and less expensive maintenance situation for your fleet.

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

 School districts looking for new fleet technology that helps them stretch tight budgets will find this bus ideal!


Time & Money

on training & Maintenance
🙂 simple & trustworthy
  • Simplified emissions system
  • Mechanics more readily available
  • Simple Service strategy

Ford 7.3L

Gasoline Engine
< is so much more
  • Less oil by volume than diesel
  • No additional diesel emission fluids
  • No extra valve adjustments


on Gasoline Buses
5 year, unlimited miles
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Entire Fuel System