In-Service Trials on Six Chicago Transit Authority Routes
Two of New Flyer Industries’ new Xcelsior XE40 battery-electric heavy-duty transit buses are in regular service with the Chicago Transit Authority, the manufacturer said Thursday. updated November 3
The two vehicles were delivered earlier this year and will operate on six CTA routes, providing fuel and maintenance savings to the agency and offering passengers “a cleaner, quieter ride.”
They are the first New Flyer XE40 heavy-duty transit buses to enter into regular transit service, the manufacturer says, noting that an “earlier prototype bus has undergone all-weather service testing in Winnipeg, Canada and has been operating in shuttle service since March 2014.”
Siemens Drives and Xalt Lithium Cells
The all-electric XE40 buses have Elfa 2 drivelines from Siemens. The buses for CTA have 300-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery packs affording a single-charge range of about 120 miles. Cells are from Xalt Energy, the former Dow Kokam, with liquid-cooled battery packs by New Flyer.
The buses will be charged at the end of each day using 100-kilowatt units for an expected charge time of three to five hours.
“We took a very calculated approach when we decided to enter into battery-electric bus technology, knowing how important reliability and up-time is to our customers,” New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry said in a release.
TIGGER Support for the CTA Sale
“The XE40 builds on our proven Xcelsior bus and introduces electric propulsion technology that has been successfully demonstrated in other areas of the transportation industry,” he said.
The XE40 has the same electric accessories used on New Flyer’s Xcelsior XDE40 diesel-electric hybrid model.
The buses for CTA are fitted with diesel heaters for wintertime use. They are capable of using biodiesel fuel.
New Flyer reported the sale of the two electric buses to CTA in June 2012, stating that the $2.2 million purchase was supported through TIGGER, the Federal Transit Administration’s Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction program.
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