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.