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January 22, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order, Hybrids, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

20 Xcelsior 60-Foot CNG Buses for OCTA Under CPV Umbrella,
Plus 29 CNG Buses for New York, and 60-Foot Hybrids for VTA

New Flyer Industries continues to rack up the transit orders. The Winnipeg-based manufacturer is adding compressed natural gas-fueled buses for Southern California’s Orange County and New York City, plus hybrids for California’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, to recent CNG wins and contracts in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority may emerge as the lead customer for the HybriDrive series hybrid electric drivetrain in an articulated bus fleet in the U.S. BAE’s New Flyer demonstration vehicle is seen here in Endicott, N.Y.

The hybrids for VTA – a firm order for 30 articulated buses is pending, and options are expected, says an industry source – may have Allison parallel drivelines or they may have series drives from BAE Systems. If BAE wins, the VTA deployment would mark the first U.S. application for the HybriDrive brand system in an articulated bus in the U.S.

New Flyer (Toronto:NFI) reported January 17 that the Orange County Transportation Authority has approved the purchase of 20 CNG-fueled 60-foot articulated heavy-duty buses. OCTA is taking advantage of an umbrella contact via Minnesota’s Cooperative Purchasing Venture, or CPV. Production of the 20 vehicles is to commence late in this first quarter and the buses delivered early in the fourth quarter of 2013.

New Flyer notes that since 1990, it has delivered a total of 571 buses to OCTA, including approximately 300 CNG buses built over the past 6 years.

Also on January 17, New Flyer reported that New York City agencies will take an additional 29 40-foot CNG buses.

New Flyer uses Type IV CNG tanks from Lincoln Composites.


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Source: New Flyer Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

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