New York City Transit has awarded New Flyer with a contract for 15 low floor sixty-foot (i.e. articulated 18 meter) Xcelsior Charge battery-electric, zero emission buses.

New York electric bus

New Flyer business analytics on the zero emission buses

New York City Transit (NYCT) is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). NYCT and the MTA Bus Company comprise the largest transit agency in North America. Together, they serve an estimated 8.5 million citizens and supports more than 60 million visitors annually.

The order supports NYCT’s efforts to develop a cleaner, greener public transportation footprint, which focuses on building greater environmental sustainability, reducing emissions, and modernizing the MTA’s bus fleet. Each bus will leverage New Flyer’s Connect 360 business analytics and reporting tool to optimize performance and operations, New Flyer points out in a press release.

Battery supplier? XALT Energy

The 60-foot New Flyer Xcelsior Charge features lithium-ion batteries. New Flyer batteries are designed specifically for rigorous 24/7/365 transit demands of New York City, utilizing American-based battery technology and American-based manufacturing supplied by XALT Energy.

The contact includes New Flyer providing 16 Siemens 150 kW direct current interoperable chargers. Installation, testing and commissioning are to be performed by the recently announced New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions: a new service in charge of supporting mobility projects from start to finish, focusing on energy management optimization as well as infrastructure planning and development.

More than 2,500 NFI buses in New York

“We’re proud to be able to provide NYCT with additional battery-electric transit buses built on the exact same Xcelsior platform as the clean-diesel, natural gas, and diesel-electric hybrid buses currently in service in its active fleet,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. “Across NFI Group, we’ve delivered more than 2,500 buses to NYCT, with over 1,100 MCI coaches and 1,400 New Flyer transit buses connecting New York City and its surrounding boroughs and communities.”

New Flyer unveiled the fuel cell bus

Recently, New Flyer unveiled the Xcelsior Charge H2, thus becoming the first company in the US to offer two models of hydrogen bus, both eligible for federal funding. In fact, the 40 foot as well as the 60 foot (12.1 and 18.2 meter) model have successfully completed the Atona Testing. 25 units of Xcelsior Charge H2 will be delivered to three transit agencies as part of California Climate Investments (CCI)


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