In the USA, New Flyer has been awarded a contract from the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) to provide seven battery-electric buses.
The contract includes three sixty-foot Xcelsior Charge NG and four forty-foot Xcelsior Charge NG buses. Built on the company’s own platform, New Flyer’s Xcelsior Charge NG battery-electric bus delivers up to 525 kWh of power and feature a new lightweight electric traction drive system that should provide up to 90% energy recovery.
MDOT MTA is awarding the pilot contract to NFI by utilising grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low or No Emission Grant Program and the Volkswagen Settlement. The new buses will help fulfil Maryland’s new Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act, which mandates all new buses procured must be emission-free beginning in 2023. With this order, the agency is just beginning its transition to a zero-emission bus fleet.
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