New Flyer of America has received a new order from the Central Ohio Transit Authority (“COTA”) for 26 Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 12-meter zero-emission, battery-powered transit buses.

The ZEV order follows COTA’s previous purchase of 14 battery-powered Xcelsior CHARGE NG buses, announced in January 2023. These new zero-emission buses will help COTA meet the growing demand for mobility in the central Ohio region and meet the agency’s sustainability commitments.

“This latest purchase of New Flyer battery-electric buses furthers our commitment to building a zero-emissions public transit fleet for the central Ohio region. With New Flyer CNG buses and now electric vehicles, we are on track to become a diesel-free fleet by 2025 and a zero-emission fixed-route fleet by 2035. As the central Ohio region grows, COTA believes our transit system must grow responsibly and that includes reducing our carbon footprint in our communities”, said Chief Engineering and Mechanical Officer Andy Biesterveld.

“Built on New Flyer’s proven Xcelsior® platform, the Xcelsior CHARGE NG bus incorporates three distinct technology advancements: high-energy batteries, advanced protective battery packaging; and a new lightweight electric traction drive system with up to 90% energy recovery. NFI has delivered 190 transit buses to COTA since 2001, including the agency’s first battery-electric bus in 2021. Building on our 20- year partnership, NFI is proud to continue supporting COTA’s transition to greener, safer, and more efficient mobility”, said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, NFI.


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