New Flyer signs major electric bus delivery deal with Toronto
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has signed a framework agreement with the North American manufacturer New Flyer for the delivery of up to 621 battery buses. The public transport operator has already ordered 186 units.
The order is for 186 units of New Flyer’s Xcelsior Charge NG model with a length of 40 feet (about 12 metres). The framework agreement also includes an option for a further 435 units of the model. The contract runs for a period of five years.
According to the release from New Flyer’s parent company NFI Group, it also includes options for other Ontario authorities to enter into their own agreements with New Flyer for up to 550 buses over a four-year period.
The public transport operator had already purchased more than 200 Xcelsior hybrid buses in the 12- and 18-metre versions in 2022. According to New Flyer, the four-year contract includes options for up to 263 more 40-foot hybrid electric buses and 100 60-foot buses, respectively. In addition, TTC already tested 25 battery-electric buses from New Flyer as part of a pilot programme.
“We are proud of the performance from the active in-service trial and are excited to add to the New Flyer fleet at TTC,” said Chris Stoddart, President of North American Bus and Coach, NFI. “The ability for TTC to have fleet commonality across New Flyer Xcelsior bus platforms with different propulsion systems speaks to our design and supportability.”
TTC aims to be carbon-neutral on the road by 2040. The firm order with New Flyer is part of Toronto’s procurement of 340 new electric buses by 2025. In April, it was announced that the city plans to invest 700 million Canadian dollars in new electric buses with financial support from the provincial government. That is the equivalent of around 465 million euros.