‘Highest Passenger Carrying Capability of Any Electric Bus in North America’
New Flyer Industries completed the Federal Transit Administration “Altoona” test program for its new 100% battery electric Xcelsior XE40 bus, the company said Tuesday.
“The XE40 performed superbly and clearly distinguished itself against other battery-electric buses achieving over 20 miles per gallon diesel equivalent fuel economy, with the greatest gross vehicle weight rating available,” New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry said in a release.
“This equates to the highest passenger carrying capability of any electric bus in North America,” he said.
87 Miles with 200 Kilowatt-Hour Pack
And, “Our research indicates the Xcelsior XE40 is the quietest transit bus ever tested with the FTA’s standardized test protocol.”
With 200-kilowatt-hour battery system, the XE40 range was recorded as 87 miles on a single charge. With optional 300-kilowatt-hour system, range exceeds 130 miles, New Flyer says.
Siemens Elfa, Xalt Lithium Ion
With an optional, in-route overhead charging system, an Xcelsior XE40 can run throughout the day without returning to the garage for plug-in charging. Such a system is currently at work at the Winnipeg Airport in Manitoba, Canada.
“The integration of the Siemens Elfa drive motor and lithium ion battery packs from Xalt Energy into the XE40 resulted in outstanding performance,” said New Flyer engineering and service VP Chris Stoddart.
Next Year: a Hydrogen-Boosted 60-Foot Articulated Xcelsior
“We experienced no propulsion or battery issues throughout the entire test program,” he said. “Unscheduled repair labor hours for the Xcelsior XE40 were significantly lower than any other electric buses tested at Altoona.”
New Flyer said too today that it’s preparing to return to the Altoona Test Facility in Pennsylvania early next year with an Xcelsior 60-foot articulated battery-electric bus. The articulated zero-emission bus will include a range-extending hydrogen fuel cell.
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