New Flyer is advancing fourth-year production of 115 hybrid buses Xcelsior (forty-foot / 12 meter length) for Philadelphia.

They’ll be operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

This is the fourth installment of a five-year contract by SEPTA for a total of 525 hybrid buses awarded to New Flyer in May 2016.

These deliveries (to be executed by 2021) will bring hybrid vehicles to be 95 percent of SEPTA’s bus fleet.

95 percent hybrid fleet for SEPTA

The hybrid Xcelsior buses support SEPTA’s “SEPT-AINABLE 2020” program, focused on achieving sustainability through a “triple-bottom-line” approach that includes the natural environment, healthy communities and workforce, and economic vitality, New Flyer explains in a press release.

At the conclusion of the five-year New Flyer contract for 525 buses (a 103 million $ investment), hybrids will comprise 95 percent of SEPTA’s bus fleet.

Last year SEPTA also received a $1.5 million Federal Transit Administration grant to purchase 10 new electric buses.

SEPTA, Environmental Excellence Award 2016

SEPTA prides itself to be one of only two U.S. transit authorities operating all five major types of terrestrial transit vehicles: regional rail trains, heavy rapid transit trains, light rail vehicles, trolley buses, and motor buses with a total annual ridership of over 300 million.

In 2016, SEPTA earned the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

It also earned the Energy Storage North America Innovation Award (2014), American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) “Gold” Recognition Level for Sustainability (2012), APTA’s “Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award” (2012), and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Energy Star” Award for the SEPTA Headquarters (2010).

“New Flyer is proud to continue delivering hybrid electric technology to SEPTA as it expands low-emission transit and further reduces transportation emissions,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer of America.

Highlights

Electric bus, main fleets and projects around the world

Electric bus adoption in public transport urban fleet is growing all over the world. It started in China, and it has taken a few years for other regions to start the transition. But now Europe is booming: the year 2019 will be remembered as the year when the electric bus sales volumes definitiv...

Related articles

New Flyer awarded up to 565 hybrid buses in Toronto

TTC Toronto has contracted up to 565 buses with New Flyer. The contract includes 134 Xcelsior forty-foot hybrid-electric buses, and 68 Xcelsior sixty-foot hybrid-electric buses (136 equivalent units) for a total of 270 EUs. The two four-year contracts include options for up to additional 263 forty-f...

Solaris awarded 87 hybrid buses in Barcelona

Solaris has been awarded an order for 87 hybrid buses that will be used in the metropolitan area of Barcelona (Spain). The hybrid fleet will be managed by AMB (Area Metropolitana de Barcelona), the institution that administers urban transport in...

First Solaris Urbino mild hybrid arrives on the roads of Germany

It is the German urban operator Hanauer Straßenbahn that has received the first (two) mild hybrid versions of the Solaris Urbino. Under the agreement signed in April 2021, a total of 16 buses, including nine 12-meter and seven 18-meter buses, will be delivered to the city of Hanau, all of which will...