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New Flyer Hybrids for San Francisco

January 9, 2015 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

 Contract is for 61 Firm 60-Footers and Up to 363 Mixed Options,
The Initial Vehicles to Have Allison Transmission Parallel Drives

New Flyer Industries reports a contract for 61 sixty-foot Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid buses for Muni, the San Francisco Municipal Railway, with options for as many as 363 additional hybrid buses. The option buses, that may be purchased over the pact’s five-year term for a total of 424, may be either 40- or 60-foot vehicles.

An Xcelsior hybrid on the job in San Francisco .. Muni photo courtesy New Flyer Industries

An Xcelsior hybrid on the job in San Francisco .. Muni photo courtesy New Flyer Industries

The initial 61 buses will have parallel hybrid drives from Allison Transmission, says a New Flyer source. They will be Muni’s first articulated 60-foot hybrids, he adds, noting that if options are exercised, the additional buses may have Allison parallel drives or they may have series electric drives from BAE Systems.

New Flyer also has order for 60 all-electric 60-foot trolley buses for Muni. They too will feature the new Xcelsior body style.


“Modernizing our transit fleet is at the core of Muni Forward,” transportation director Ed Reiskin says in the New Flyer release. “Replacing old vehicles with these state of the art buses will augment existing efforts like ‘Red- Carpet Lanes’ and transit signal priority.

“This purchase is an all-encompassing investment,” Reiskin said, “that will help shorten trips while increasing service reliability.”

New Flyer notes that since 1988, it has delivered 302 heavy-duty transit buses to Muni “in a variety of lengths, models and propulsion systems.” The new award for as many as 424 hybrid buses follows the late 2013 contract for 50 forty-foot Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid buses (F&F, January 14, 2014) “of which all buses have been delivered and are currently in service.”

“New Flyer appreciates the partnership developed with the SFMTA team over the last 25 years of repeat business,” New Flyer president CEO Paul Soubry says in the latest Muni announcement.

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Source: New Flyer Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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