Hundreds More CNG Buses for LA Metro with Hexagon Tanks
As Hexagon Discloses Long-Term Supply Pact for Its Type IVs,
New Flyer Reports Up to 90 More BAE Hybrid Buses for Boston Too
New Flyer has reported a spate of alt fuel and advance technology bus orders: LA Metro has exercised options for 350 compressed natural gas-fueled 40-foot buses, the manufacturer says, while Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority has awarded a contract for as many as 90 heavy-duty 60-foot Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid buses – 44 firm XDE60 vehicles valued at approximately $50 million with options for up to an 46 more valued at approximately $71 million.
The hybrid buses for Boston will have HybriDrive brand series hybrid electric powertrains from BAE Systems. Approximately 60 BAE-powered hybrid electric buses are already in service with MBTA.
New Flyer says that the exercised options for the CNG buses for LA Metro are worth approximately $180 million. They represent the remaining options from a contract executed in 2013. “All 550 buses from the original firm order have been successfully delivered, and management expects that these additional 350 buses will be delivered to LA Metro by the end of the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016,” New Flyer said.
Hexagon Expects Estimated $45 Million Worth of New Flyer Business
Separately, Hexagon Composites reported a long-term supply agreement with New Flyer for all-composite Type IV CNG cylinders from its Hexagon Lincoln subsidiary.
“This agreement affirms the company’s position as the leading supplier of fuel tanks to this market,” Hexagon said, pegging the estimated delivery value at approximately $45 million.
“Our companies have a 20-year history of working together,” New Flyer Industries strategic sourcing director Raul Ramirez says in the Hexagon announcement.
‘Our Preferred Supplier’
Ramirez termed Hexagon “our preferred supplier for CNG tanks and ancillary products,” and said the firms are “working together to implement new technologies to improve the value proposition for our customers.”
“Our team is providing valuable support to help engineer a more efficient system with new product offerings for these vehicles,” said Hexagon CNG automotive products VP Chet Dawes.
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Source: New Flyer and Hexagon with Fleets & Fuels follow-up