Motor Coach Industries (MCI) unveiled its new zero-emission commuter coach, the D45 CRT LE CHARGE™, and also launched its new D series of coaches.
Leveraging high-torque electric drive systems for operation at highway speeds and plug-in battery charging to 100% in less than three hours, the battery-electric D45 CRT LE CHARGE™ builds on MCI’s legacy of reliable mobility and harnesses three major innovations. It exhibits design advancements of the next generation D series, introduces MCI’s innovative low entry vestibule, and integrates proven CHARGE technology propulsion from New Flyer.
“With the D45 CRT LE CHARGE marking our fourth EV introduced in 2021, NFI is undeniably leading electrification of mass mobility — the ZEvolution,” said Paul Soubry, president and CEO, NFI. “The new battery-electric D45 CRT LE CHARGE follows MCI’s introduction of the J4500 CHARGE, New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE NG, and ARBOC’s Equess CHARGE — all leveraging shared EV technology. Together, NFI’s market-leading portfolio is enabling scalable zero-emission deployment across North America.”
The fully-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE CHARGE™ is a high-performance electric coach leveraging enhanced regenerative braking and next-generation, high-energy batteries that deliver over 170 miles of range in the 389kWh model, and over 230 miles in the 544 kWh model.
“We designed the zero-emission D45 CRT LE CHARGE with accessibility and passenger experience top of mind and delivered on unprecedented ease of entry and exit with a patented low entry vestibule, a seating area and ramp that significantly improves dwell time, and improvements in the ride experience for passengers with mobility needs,” said Chris Stoddart, president, New Flyer and MCI. “Whether your goal is emissions reduction, lower operational costs, or to expand commuter express service, this coach delivers one of the safest, most comfortable, sustainable, and flexible mobility solutions available.”
Alongside the D45 CRT LE CHARGE™ launch, MCI introduced the new D series — marking the next generation of MCI’s commuter vehicle. MCI incorporated customer feedback to revolutionize design while maintaining quality, safety, workhorse reliability, and comfort at highway speeds.
The new D series incorporates common systems and production, a stainless steel frame for maximum durability, and modern styling that provides an unmatched passenger experience, including improved cabin space and legroom, reduced cabin noise, a curved stepwell for easier entry and more ergonomic driver cockpit, and improved ride quality. Together, these features lend lower operating cost.
All coaches are backed by MCI support services including in-field expertise, a technical call center, and 24/7 roadside assistance; ongoing technical training from the industry’s only Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) accredited MCI Academy technician training center; parts support from NFI Parts, the industry’s largest parts supplier; MCI Service Centers; and finally, on-the-go support with the MCI Operators App and MCI Companion App.
Hosted by the Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC), New Flyer and MCI will deliver D45 CRT LE CHARGE™ electric coach training through a no-cost virtual session on July 14, 2021. To register, visit newflyer.com/VIC.