The Central Ohio Transit Authority, COTA for short, has exercised options for eight battery-electric buses from New Flyer. The order comes in the final year of a two-year contract announced in 2020 and includes four ABB depot chargers to support the deployment.
Supported by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds, the order expands COTA’s zero-emission fleet to ten New Flyer electric buses and delivers on the agency’s sustainability goal to be diesel-free by 2025. The deal goes back to a tender opened in 2018 that apparently only closed in 2020.
However, the partnership with New Flyer builds on existing ties to the parent company NFI Group Inc. (NFI). NFI has delivered over 165 non-electric transit buses to COTA. “We are now enabling its transition to zero-emission with high-performance buses and infrastructure,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach. “Our Xcelsior CHARGE NG is our most advanced EV featuring a lightweight traction system, offering extended range, and incorporating up to 525kWh of power.”
The model measures about 12 metres or 40 feet.
COTA provides public transit in the greater Columbus and central Ohio region, delivering more than 19 million passenger trips in 2019 (pre-Covid).
New Flyer, to date, claims to support 8,600 electrified buses, of which 1,900 are zero-emission.
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