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New Flyer CNG Artics for San Diego

January 16, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Manufacturer Reports Contract Pursuant to December MTS Vote

New Flyer Industries today reported a contact with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System for as many as 165 of its compressed natural gas-fueled Xcelsior articulated 60-foot heavy-duty buses. The MTS board approved the purchase last month (F&F, December 20).

Artist’s rendering, courtesy San Diego MTS, of 60-foot New Flyer articulated CNG bus.

The contract for 165 Xcelsior CNG buses contains a firm order of 47 60-foot articulated buses with options for up to an additional 118.

New Flyer (Toronto:NFI) says it has “more CNG expertise than any other bus manufacturer in North America, experience that has been gained over the last 20 years from the production of over 4,700 CNG powered buses.

“This bus order and future Xcelsior CNG procurements will build on San Diego’s already significant fleet of environmentally friendly buses, consisting of approximately 80% CNG buses,” New Flyer said.

Manufacturing in Minnesota

The firm’s design includes 20-year certified tanks and a fire suppression system as standard features. The vehicles are designed for a 350- to 400-mile range. New Flyer is expected to use Type IV CNG cylinders by Lincoln Composites.

New Flyer says it plans to commence production of the 47 new CNG buses for San Diego MTS in the second quarter at New Flyer of America’s factory in St. Cloud, Minn. The vehicle are to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Also in December, the San Diego MTS board approved the purchase of as many as 350 CNG-fueled 40-foot low-floor buses by Gillig. LA Metro in Los Angeles, meanwhile, is moving to buy 550 New Flyer CNG buses (900 if all options are exercised), with a key committee meeting planned for tomorrow, January 17 (F&F, January 10).

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Source: New Flyer with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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