Blue Bird unveils Micro Bird by Girardin

Propane-powered Type-A serves myriad operations

The Micro Bird® by Girardin serves a wide range of transporters.

Manufactured for school, childcare, church, tour, and shuttle markets, the propane-powered Micro Bird® by Girardin marks the newest offering from the Blue Bird Corporation’s line-up of alternative-fuel vehicles. Blue Bird says the Micro Bird is an extension of its commitment to affordable green solutions.

With seating for up to 30 passengers the Micro-Bird features a Ford E-450 chassis and uses the 6.8L engine with a ROUSH liquid propane system.

According to Blue Bird vice president of sales, Bill Danner, the new Micro Bird went on sale exclusively through Blue Bird dealers throughout North America with production scheduled for later this year.

“We are excited to partner with an industry leader like Micro Bird,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH. “We have spent four years perfecting this liquid propane injection technology and this partnership will show that propane is the best alternative fuel for school districts and shuttle operators across North America.”

Motor sports legend Jack Roush, chairman of ROUSH Enterprises, says propane is a perfect alternative fuel option for school districts that must reduce their operational costs as well as lower their emissions. He notes that historically propane trends 30 to 40 percent less than diesel, which help school districts stretch fuel budgets. BR