45 Firm with Options for 135 Could Make for 180
New Flyer Industries reports an order for 45 compressed natural gas-fueled Xcelsior brand buses from TransLink, the Vancouver-based South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority.
The pact includes “options to purchase an additional 135 through two single-year renewable option periods,” New Flyer says.
The manufacturer notes that since 1991, it has delivered more than 1,100 buses to TransLink, including high and low floor models, as well as the new Xcelsior.
Lots of Technology Types
“Translink has taken delivery of buses raging from 40-foot and 60-foot lengths and with numerous propulsion types including: clean diesel, diesel-electric hybrid, natural gas, and electric trolleys,” New Flyer says.
“The technology associated with CNG buses have proved to be cost effective to operate and on par to maintain and drive when compared to traditional diesel buses,” TransLink COO Doug Kelsey says in the New Flyer release.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership,” he said.
“2006 was the last time we delivered CNG buses to TransLink and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to showcase our proven CNG expertise on our Xcelsior model for the first time for TransLink,” said New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry.
The 45 buses are expected to be built in the third quarter of this year and delivered by the first quarter of 2015, New Flyer said.
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Source: New Flyer Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up