Order for 265 New Flyer NABIs Includes 180 CNG Buses
New Flyer Industries reports an order for 265 buses by Houston Metro from its new subsidiary NABI Bus, and says that 180 of the 40-foot vehicles will be fueled by compressed natural gas, with the CNG deliveries to start in 2015.
The contract consists of a firm order for 265 new 40-foot buses through 2016, New Flyer says: “Delivery of 40 diesel buses will take place in the summer of 2014; then a mixture of 45 diesel buses and 80 CNG buses will be delivered in 2015; with 100 additional CNG buses to be delivered in 2016.”
“This Metro award is a great example of opportunity associated with our recent acquisition of NABI,” New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry said in a release. New Flyer completed its $80 million acquisition of the former North American Bus Industries early this past summer (F&F, June 21).
Stainless Steel Structure
Houston Metro – formally the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston, Texas – “chose NABI’s 40-LFW model, which is a rugged, utilitarian bus with recently restyled front mask and rooftop enclosure based on a proven structure with approximately 4,500 having been manufactured over the past 15 years,” New Flyer said.
“All 265 buses produced for Metro will utilize the stainless steel structure due to Houston’s coastal environment,” said Soubry.
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Source: New Flyer Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up