Firm Order for Ten Artics with Options for 60 More,
New Flyer Is Also Active on All-Battery Bus Projects
The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority has placed a firm order for ten 60-foot Xcelsior articulated diesel-electric hybrid buses with Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries. A three-year contract includes two years of renewable options – that could lead to placement of 60 additional vehicles.
Nashville MTA is a new customer for New Flyer, which says the agency has an active fleet of approximately 150 heavy-duty transit buses. The New Flyer hybrids have H 50 EP parallel drivelines from Allison Transmission.
“We are committed to a strong and lasting relationship through New Flyer warranty, service, training, spare parts support and our lifetime customer care program,” New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry said in a release.
“These new buses are an important investment that will help us increase services and enhance our customers’ transit experience,” said Nashville MTA CEO Paul Ballard. “This purchase also demonstrates our on-going commitment to improving public transit services in the region as well as our air quality.
“We are on our way to becoming a more green-friendly transit system,” Ballard said.
100% Battery Buses for Manitoba and Chicago
New Flyer says it expects to begin production of the Xcelsior hybrids for Nashville in the first quarter of 2013 at New Flyer of America’s facility in St. Cloud, Minn. They are to be delivered by May 2013.
Existing articulated hybrids operated by Nashville MTA were supplied by NABI, North American Bus Industries.
Separately, New Flyer earlier this year announced an order for two 100% battery electric 40-foot Xcelsior buses with Siemens drivetrains for the Chicago Transit Authority, also to be delivered next year.
The total purchase price of the battery buses is approximately $2.2 million, New Flyer says, funded with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration through TIGGER, the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction and Clean Fuels Grant programs.
“These will be the first battery-electric buses in CTA’s fleet and our first order after we unveiled our fully functional prototype just two weeks ago,” Soubry said in June.
New SDTC Funding for e-Buses
“We’re very excited to partner with CTA on this project and fortunate to have these buses operated by a progressive organization such as CTA to validate this clean propulsion approach.”
Also in June, New Flyer unveiled a 100% battery electric bus developed in partnership with lithium battery supplier Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the government of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, Red River College and Winnipeg Transit. Last month, the firm gave notice of a $3.4 million in funding through SDTC, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, to further enhance rapid-charge battery-electric bus propulsion technology.
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Source: New Flyer releases with Fleets & Fuels follow-up