New Flyer has received new firm orders for 16 battery-electric and fuel cell-electric transit buses from Winnipeg Transit (the manufacturer has its headquarter in the same Canadian city). The contract also has options to be extended for up to four years to purchase up to 150 40-foot zero-emission buses. In total, NFI will add up to 166 buses to its backlog from firm and option orders.

Winnipeg gets zero emission buses from New Flyer

The new five-year contract includes the following firm orders: four Xcelsior CHARGE FC fuel cell-electric 40-foot, heavy-duty transit buses and four Xcelsior CHARGE FC fuel cell-electric 60-foot transit buses (8 EUs). In addition four Xcelsior CHARGE NG battery-electric 40-foot transit buses and four Xcelsior CHARGE NG battery-electric 60-foot transit buses are being procured.

Through this purchase of ZEBs, Winnipeg Transit accelerates its transition to a 100% zero-emission fleet ahead of the 2050 target outlined in Winnipeg’s Climate Action Plan, delivering on a promise to realize the city’s sustainable future vision. Funded through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the high-performance ZEBs will be built on New Flyer’s proven Xcelsior platform.

“We’re proud to extend our partnership with NFI to modernize our transit fleet and move toward zero emissions,” said Mayor Scott Gillingham. “This purchase will also support local jobs and build Winnipeg’s reputation as a centre of excellence for transit manufacturing and sustainable transit technology.”

“NFI has led innovation in North American public transit for decades, and today we stand ready with our next generation zero-emission buses to help communities transition to no-emission mobility,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, NFI. “NFI’s partnership with Winnipeg Transit spans 35 years, and we have delivered more than 1,560 transit buses to Winnipeg Transit since 1987. We are now proudly enabling the agency’s transition to a low-carbon future through our efficient, long-range battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell-electric buses for healthier Manitoba communities.”

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