Agency Board Approves Purchase of 525 New Hybrid Buses
New Flyer and SEPTA, the Philadelphia area’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, have announced the purchase of as many as 550 of New Flyer’s diesel-fueled hybrid electric Xcelsior XDE40 buses.
SEPTA says its board approved a $411.8 million, five-year contract.
The 40-foot low-floor vehicles will have parallel hybrid drivelines from Allison Transmission.
SEPTA Cites 25-Bus Option
“The new vehicles will allow SEPTA to continue the regular retirement and replacement of the oldest vehicles in its fleet with new, energy-efficient hybrids,” the agency says. “The buses will be delivered to SEPTA over the course of the five-year contract with New Flyer.”
SEPTA also has an option to purchase up to 25 additional buses.
The agency said too that more than half of its current bus fleet is made up of diesel-electric hybrids and that, “At the conclusion of the new contract with New Flyer, hybrids will comprise approximately 95% of the fleet.”
90 Firm for $50 Million, Says New Flyer
According to New Flyer, “The contract includes a firm order for 90 Xcelsior XDE40 buses valued at approximately $50 million, with options for an additional 460 units over the next 5 years.
“All buses will be delivered between the period of 2017 to 2020.”
“Our best-in class heavy-duty Xcelsior bus will directly support SEPTA’s strategic initiatives as they work to reduce their carbon footprint, and improve bus performance and reliability,” New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry said in his company’s release.
New Flyer says it has delivered more than 1,130 heavy-duty transit buses to SEPTA since 2002.
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Source: SEPTA & New Flyer with Fleets & Fuels follow-up