New Flyer scores hybrid & e-bus orders
US bus maker New Flyer has garnered orders for 202 hybrid-electric buses in Canada from Toronto Transit, and orders for 5 purely electric buses from Virginia’s Blacksburg Transit in the USA.
New Flyer (NFI) received the new firm orders entailing 134 Xcelsior forty-foot hybrid-electric heavy-duty transit buses, and 68 Xcelsior sixty-foot hybrid-electric buses. The two four-year contracts include options for up to an additional 263 forty-foot hybrid-electric buses and 100 sixty-foot buses, respectively.
These hybrid diesel and electric buses are configured with geo-fencing technology that will turn off the diesel engine and operate in zero-emission electric mode when entering designated areas.
“NFI’s leadership in hybrid-electric mobility spans 20 years, supplying more hybrid buses in North America than any other manufacturer,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach.
“Our partnership with TTC started 55 years ago. Since 1968, we have delivered nearly 1,000 vehicles, including 25 battery-electric buses – making New Flyer the only provider of both hybrid-electric and battery-electric buses to TTC. With these new buses, NFI adds the ability to meet green zone regulations through intermittent zero-emission operation, and ultimately, is helping accelerate TTC’s transition to zero-emission and building a more livable GTA.”
Meanwhile, over in the USA, Virginia’s Blacksburg Transit has ordered 5 more battery-electric buses from New Flyer. The order follows a prior BT purchase of five New Flyer BEV buses, delivered in 2020.