New Flyer to deliver 26 more electric buses to Texas
The Capital Metro Transportation Authority has ordered 26 electric buses. Specifically, it will purchase Xcelsior CHARGE NG 40-foot – an option that is part of an existing five-year contract with bus manufacturer New Flyer.
The buses will run on four new lines in Austin as part of CapMetro’s Rapid project, which aims to improve public transportation in Central Texas – also by lowering CO2 emissions.
According to New Flyer, a subsidiary of the NFI Group, the Xcelsior CHARGE NG battery-electric buses deliver up to 525 kWh of power and 250 miles of range on a single charge. It has 40 seats and two wheel-chair locations.
The original deal was signed in 2021. At the time, CapMetro had ordered 30 battery-electric busses – with an option of ordering another 126 40-foot and up to 15 60-foot battery-electric buses. While it has not executed that option in full (so far), the newly ordered electric buses are part of that original deal.
As in 2021, New Flyer did not disclose the order’s value, but emphasised the longtime work-relationship between the companies.
“Our partnership with CapMetro spans over 25 years, and, during this time, New Flyer has delivered more than 300 buses,” says Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, NFI. “The Xcelsior CHARGE NG is our latest EV – capable of avoiding up to 135 tons of greenhouse gas per year from tailpipe emissions – and will deliver innovative and sustainable mobility in the greater Austin region.”