How To Customize A New Bus?

When the time comes to buy transportation for your organization, it is important to remember that you can always customize new shuttle busses for sale to best meet the needs of your specific situation. Customization includes things like: choosing the right chassis, gas or diesel engine, number of seats, seat fabric, flooring, storage and much more. This article will attempt to help understand the most common ways that customers customize new buses.


  • The chassis is the base of the bus that the conversion portion is built upon. Roughly 80% of the time, commercial bus manufacturers use either a Ford™ or Chevrolet™ chassis to build their buses on. Dodge ProMaster™, minivans and Mercedes™ Sprinters have also made inroads to the bus industry over the last couple of years.

Gas vs. Diesel vs. Alternative Fuels

  • Depending on the amount of miles you drive per year will determine which of these is best for you. If you plan to put over 25,000 miles per year on your bus, then the diesel option is better. However, diesel engines come with a $4,000 to $7,000 up-charge and diesel fuel is generally more expensive than gasoline. Alternative fuels range from propane, CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), or Kinetics™ Hybrid. The up-charge cost of an alternative fuel chassis ranges from $6,000 to $40,000.


  • Obviously, the number of passengers you carry will determine the number of seats you need.  There are several types of seats as well as several types of seat fabric including cloth, vinyl, anti-microbial fabric and leather. Featherweight seats are the most common seat and come in either mid-back or high back seating. Berkshire™ limo style seating is the recommended upgrade.


  • A bus can be configured with overhead storage (similar to aircraft overhead storage) or rear storage with a cargo net or dedicated rear wall.  In the case of large buses, under-bay storage is available. Having the right amount of storage for your travelers will make the trip better for everyone.


  • There are several different offerings for the flooring of a bus. The least expensive option would be something like a black Gerfloor™ while the better expensive option might be a safety resistant flooring like Altro™ flooring. The upgraded flooring options come in a variety of colors and patterns that show less dust and dirt.

ADA Compliance

  • If you transport elderly passengers or passengers with disabilities then having a bus with a wheel chair lift would be a good option for your needs.  Buses can also be configured with walker storage as well and more than 2 wheel chair stations.

Graphics and Lettering

  • With the printing and application capabilities available today, the sky is the limit for the kind of graphics, lettering, logos, and wraps that can be applied to vehicles.

Customizing a new bus is a great way to meet the needs of your specific group or organization. With all of the different ways to customize, the possibilities are almost endless.

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