$60 Million Firm Order for 85 Buses with Allison Parallel Drives,
Options for Up to 569 More Through 2018 Include CNG Vehicles
￼New Flyer Industries is trumpeting an award by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to North American Bus Industries for as many as 654 hybrid and CNG buses. The news includes a firm order for 85 Bus Rapid Transit-style 42-foot diesel-electric hybrids to be built by New Flyer’s new NABI Bus subsidiary. updated August 1
The contract for the 85 buses for fiscal year 2014 is worth about $60 million with parts and training, says WMATA’s Bob Golden. With options, the 654 total buses could be worth just under $453 million through fiscal year 2018.
New Flyer Industries (Toronto:NFI) acquired NABI for $80 million last month (F&F, June 21).
The firm 85 buses will have parallel drivelines by Allison transmission, Golden told F&F. The current contract could be amended to allow for buses with series drives from BAE Systems in future, he says.
WMATA Has Parallel and Series Hybrids
Previous contracts were amended to allow just that, Golden says, with the result that there are 52 forty-foot New Flyer buses with BAE drivelines in the current WMATA fleet, as well as 25 thirty-foot BAE-drive buses by Daimler.
“There are currently 621 Allison hybrid buses in the WMATA fleet,” Golden adds. Delivery of the 85 new buses will bring the total to 706 Allison buses, with a grand hybrid total of 783.
As they now stand, the new NABI Bus options include as many as 264 compressed natural gas buses, through fiscal year 2018. As planned, they will have 8.9-liter ISL G engines by Cummins Westport.
Golden lists the planned purchases for fiscal years 2014 through 2018 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2018) as follows:
Buses for Fleet Replacement
- fiscal 2014 firm base award year – 85 hybrid electric buses (42-foot)
- fiscal 2015 option year 1 – 80 hybrid electric buses (42-foot)
- fiscal 2015 option year 1 – 21 articulated hybrid electric buses (60-foot)
- fiscal 2016 option year 2 – 100 CNG buses (42-foot)
- fiscal 2017 option year 3 – 64 CNG buses (42-foot)
- fiscal 2017 option year 3 – 29 hybrid electric buses (42-foot)
- fiscal 2018 option year 4 – 100 CNG buses (42-foot)
total 479 buses for fleet replacement
Additional Buses for Fleet Expansion (if needed)
- fiscal 2014 base award year – up to 25 additional hybrid electric buses (42-foot)
- fiscal 2015 option year 1 – Up to 25 additional hybrid electric buses (42-foot)
- fiscal 2015 option year 1 – up to 50 additional articulated hybrid electric buses (60-foot)
- fiscal 2016 option year 2 – up to 25 additional hybrid electric buses (42-foot)
- fiscal 2017 option year 3 – up to 25 additional hybrid electric buses (42-foot)
- fiscal 2018 option year 4 – up to 25 additional hybrid electric buses (42-foot)
total up to 175 total additional buses for fleet expansion (if needed)
New Flyer Praise for NABI
“We are thrilled about our recent acquisition of NABI, and this award reinforces the opportunity we have to provide a broader product and support offering and create better value for our customers,” New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry said in a release.
“WMATA operates both New Flyer and NABI buses and collectively we have delivered 1,046 buses to WMATA since 1995. We are very impressed with NABI products and personnel, and compliment them on this contract award from WMATA.”
Production of the firm 85 Allison hybrid BRT buses is to begin in the first quarter of 2014 with the buses delivered by June 2014. All of the vehicles will be manufactured by NABI in Anniston, Ala.
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Source: WMATA and New Flyer Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up