This Past Year Saw a 48% Equivalent Units Increase Over 2015:
‘Zero-Emission Acceptance Has Now Hit a Breakthrough Level,’
As Momentum Continues with Wrap of December’s MARTA Trial
New Flyer’s deliveries of electric buses “reached their highest level in company history” in 2016, the manufacturer reports, citing battery-electric, trolley-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
“This ZEB milestone was a dramatic increase of 48% from 144 ZEB EU’s delivered in 2015, and is represents 8.3% of New Flyer’s total heavy-duty transit bus production in 2016,” states a release.
“New Flyer believes that zero emission acceptance has now hit a breakthrough level for the heavy-duty transit market in 2016,” New Flyer Transit Bus president Wayne Joseph says in the ZEB announcement.
Equivalent to Taking 27 Cars Off the Road
“We estimate that approximately 255 EU’s of the heavy-duty transit bus deliveries in 2016 were zero-emission, and New Flyer is proud to have delivered more than 83%,” he said.
“A zero emission transit bus is able to eliminate 1,690 tons of CO2 over its 12-year lifespan which is equivalent to taking 27 cars off the road for each ZEB,” the company says.
New Flyer notes that it manufactures all three current types of ZEBs, including battery-electric, trolley-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric buses. “This unprecedented design and manufacturing capability allows transit authorities the ability to optimize charging method, infrastructure and range capability for their specific needs.”
All of New Flyer’s ZEBs are based on its Xcelsior heavy-duty transit bus platform, driven by electric motors, and share common electric accessories.
“Including hybrid electric propulsion, New Flyer has now delivered over 6,400 buses driven by electric motors to the North American transit industry over the past 20 years.”
‘Established Supplier Partners’
“We pride ourselves as being one of the world’s leading bus system integrators in the world, and we rely on our established supplier partners to complement our extensive research and development capabilities,” said Chris Stoddart senior VP for engineering and customer service.
Clean-air solution partners with industry technology leaders including Siemens, BAE, Allison, Xalt Energy, A123 Systems, Vanner, Thermo King, EMP, Parker, Vossloh-Kiepe, Shunk, and Cummins. New Flyer also employs hydrogen fuel cells from Ballard Power Systems and Hydrogenics.
Near-Zero CNG, Too
New Flyer said too this month that its “clean-air solutions expanded in 2016, with the delivery of the industry’s first OEM installation of the Cummins ISL G Near-Zero NOx engine into the Xcelsior platform” (the vehicle was delivered to LA Metro).
The company says it “understands that that the natural evolution of emission reduction is different for every transit property, therefore will continue to dedicate themselves to offer the broadest, best and most reliable clean air solutions in the industry on a proven platform.”
60-Foot Battery Artic with H2 Range-Extender
New Flyer is also currently validating North America’s first 60-foot articulated battery-electric bus – with a hydrogen fuel cell range extender, complemented by dual driven axles for enhanced traction – at the U.S. Federal Transit Administration’s Altoona proving grounds in Pennsylvania.
Separately, New Flyer said yesterday that it’s concluded a three-week demonstration of an all-battery Xcelsior bus for MARTA, Georgia’s Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.
During a three-week trial that end just prior to Christmas, an Xcelsior XE40 all-battery bus transported more than 2,200 passengers throughout the Atlanta region on seven different service routes, logging more than 1,600 in-service miles.
“Our electric bus met MARTA’s bus rollout each and every day over the course of this demonstration, New Flyer executive sales and marketing VP Paul Smith said in a release. “Having built over 6,400 buses with electric motors, New Flyer has the proven experience and unique qualifications to deploy electric buses and provide the support our customers rely on for the entire life of the bus.”
Quick-Charge, or Not
New Flyer’s Xcelsior electric buses are manufactured in St. Cloud, Minn. using Michigan-sourced lithium ion batteries for “a durable energy storage system designed for North American applications.” Close to MARTA in nearby Alpharetta, Ga., Siemens manufactures high-efficiency electric motors and power systems for the Xcelsior’s propulsion and regenerative braking system.
New Flyer says that its battery buses can “quick-charge at an equipped bus stop,” typically in only six minutes for an hour of service operation. Or, the company offers extended-range electric buses with more battery capacity. MARTA, the manufacturer says, “is considering both types of charging methods for bus operations.”
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Source: New Flyer Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up