As Many as 300 New CNG Buses, and 100 Electrics,
All to Be the Manufacturer’s 60-Foot Xcelsior Model
New Flyer of America took the occasion of this month’s APTA/American Public Transportation Association exhibition in Atlanta this month to trumpet big new orders for 60-foot Xcelsior buses from LA Metro, California’s the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: as many as 300 compressed natural gas-fueled buses, and as many as 100 battery-electric vehicles.
The CNG order is for 65 firm with options to purchase an additional 235 buses. It follows an award for as many as 100 sixty-foot battery-electric buses to New Flyer.
The battery-electric order is for 35 firm with options to purchase an additional 65 buses. The will be New Flyer’s new “Xcelsior Charge” vehicles, with Siemens Elfa2 drivelines (F&F, October 23).
‘Commitment to Sustainable Transportation’
“The buses support LA Metro’s commitment to sustainable transportation, which works toward a vision of all-electric public transportation by 2030,” New Flyer says in the CNG bus order release.
The battery-electric Xcelsior Charge buses will be deployed on LA Metro’s Orange Line. “These buses offer up to USD $400,000 in energy savings and up to USD $125,000 in maintenance savings over a 12-year life span,” New Flyer says, adding that they “can travel up to 230 miles on a single charge.”
“Metro is fully committed to improving the health of people across the region – and these new electric buses will help improve air quality and reduce noise pollution,” said.
“As the largest transit agency in the country to commit to a fully electric fleet by 2030, Metro continues to serve as a global leader for sustainable policies, all while creating good-paying local jobs,” Los Angeles Mayor (and LA Metro board chairman) Eric Garcetti says in the New Flyer release.
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Source: New Flyer with Fleets & Fuels follow-up