Order by Santa Clara VTA Takes Series Drive into New Vehicle Type
An order for 29 New Flyer buses by the Valley Transportation Authority in Santa Clara, Calif. takes the HybriDrive brand series hybrid electric driveline by BAE Systems into articulated transit vehicles for the first time.
VTA chose the series hybrid because it fit with an overall strategy of increased electrification of its fleet, says senior mechanical engineer Art Douwes.
New Flyer Industries (Toronto:NFI) notes that the order for the 60-foot articulated hybrids contains options for 21 more units, which if exercised would bring the total number of vehicles to 50.
New Flyer previously built and placed forty 60-foot diesel buses with VTA’s fleet of approximately 450 active buses.
Product to Begin Next Year
Production of the 29 BAE hybrid 60-footers is anticipated to begin in the third quarter of 2014. They will be “completely manufactured and assembled” at New Flyer of America’s factory in St. Cloud, Minn. All are expected to be delivered by the fourth quarter of 2014.
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Source: New Flyer Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up