New Flyer has joined OppCharge, the global initiative to support the integration of interoperable charging systems for electrified vehicles. The US manufacturer is the first company outside of the Volvo Group, who is joining the initiative from North America.
Furthermore, New Flyer has announced their continuation of support for the development of global standards for the charging of electrified buses, both on the road as well as in the depot.
OppCharge was set up to create a common interface for DC high power charging of medium and heavy vehicles. Their system uses an overhead pantograph to transfer power to the buses. The technology takes advantage of technology from train, tram and trolley-buses. New Flyer uses the technology for their battery-electric bus Xcelsior Charge, which is currently available in 10, 12 and 18 meter versions.
The systems from OppCharge are currently in use in cities in Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Canada, with international partners such as Siemens, Solaris, ABB, Nova Bus and Volvo. Several projects by New Flyer are also in the works for New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis.
Only recently, New Flyer also joined the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), which is working to develop and establish the CCS fast charging technology as a standard.