New Flyer actively supports over 35,000 heavy-duty transit buses currently in service, of which 8,600 are powered by electric motors and battery propulsion and 1,900 are zero-emission. - Photo: New Flyer

New Flyer actively supports over 35,000 heavy-duty transit buses currently in service, of which 8,600 are powered by electric motors and battery propulsion and 1,900 are zero-emission.

Photo: New Flyer

New Flyer of America Inc. (New Flyer) announced it has received an order from the University of Michigan-Transportation Services (U-M), for three zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG forty-foot transit buses and one sixty-foot articulated Xcelsior CHARGE NG bus.

The contract has a base term of one year with 13 one-year renewal terms, and it also marks New Flyer’s first bus order from U-M. The contract also includes options for up to 50 Xcelsior heavy-duty transit buses in 35-foot, 40-foot, and 60-foot lengths in both electric and diesel propulsion.

U-M hasnearly one thousand vehicles in its fleet, and it has committed to achieving university-wide carbon neutrality by 2040.

“NFI is proud to support U-M’s commitment to sustainability with our advanced battery-electric buses,” said Chris Stoddart, president, North American Bus and Coach. “Drawing on over 50 years of engineering experience in zero-emission mobility, our EVs offer up to 250 miles in range on a single charge and will immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions, delivering cleaner, quieter, more sustainable mobility to the U-M community.”

The Xcelsior CHARGE NG bus incorporates three technology advancements, including high-energy batteries that extend range up to 13%, advanced protective battery packaging, and a new lightweight electric traction drive system with up to 90% energy recovery. 

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