As Many as 530 New Flyer Vehicles with Vossloh Kiepe Drives
New Flyer reports a five-year contract with King County Metro Transit in Seattle for as many as 530 electric trolley buses, with Vossloh Kiepe drives, for King County and San Francisco Muni. The new trolley buses will feature New Flyer’s Xcelsior styling.
The contract includes a firm order for 88 forty-foot vehicles and 55 sixty-foot vehicles, with options taking the Seattle area total to a possible 155, says Bill Thon with King County Transit procurement.
“A quantity of 240 options for 40-foot Xcelsior electric-trolley buses and 93 options for 60-foot Xcelsior electric-trolley buses are intended to be exercised by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency,” New Flyer Industries (Toronto:NFI) says.
Off the Wire on Battery Power
“These vehicles will operate in both urban and suburban public transportation service networks with a special emphasis on economic efficiency and ecology,” sates the release.
“The buses will utilize active regenerative braking that puts power back into the energy system and they will be able to operate off-wire on battery power for distances up to five miles.”
According to Thon, 2.5 miles is guaranteed. King County has opted for lithium ion batteries, he told F&F.
“Electric trolleys have a lot of fans, and I’m one of them,” King County executive Dow Constantine says in the New Flyer announcement. “They’re quiet, they run clean, they’re part of our transit heritage, and studies confirm they’re the best for moving riders in our very hilly and dense urban environment.”
First Buses Next Year
The contract marks the first time that New Flyer has built electric-trolley buses for Metro Transit.
A notice to proceed has been received, the manufacturer says. A 40-foot pilot bus is to be delivered in May 2014 with production deliveries commencing in December 2014.
A 60-foot pilot bus is to be delivered in October 2014 with production deliveries to commence in June 2015.
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Source: New Flyer Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up