Universal Coach Line, one of Canada’s largest private motorcoach operators, views the zero-emission, 45-foot, 52-passenger coach as a game changer for its Vancouver airport, commuter, and shuttle service routes.
“We expect our new electric MCI J4500 model will be the first of many,” said Theodore Cheng, regional manager, Western Canada. and a member of Universal Coach Line’s next generation leadership.
Plugging into Electric Coaches
A trailblazer in electric, Universal Coach Line completed a test demonstration of the MCI J4500 CHARGE in 2021, installed a charging station from Electrum Charging Solutions at its maintenance facility, and already operates two electric minibuses.
Supported by provincial grants and sales tax rebates, the J4500 CHARGE is a zero-emission version of the industry’s best-selling tour and charter luxury coach and the primary model in Universal Coach Line’s fleet.
Highlights of the J4500 CHARGE
The electric edition leverages advanced EV technology from NFI subsidiary New Flyer, features Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), offering the latest safety technology, and delivers substantial clean air benefits, avoiding approximately 80 metric tons of greenhouse gas annually.
Passengers can expect a quiet ride, best-in-class legroom, dramatic lighting, and comfort features throughout the cabin.
“Our relationship with Universal Coach Line spans two decades,” said Brent Maitland, VP, private sector sales and marketing, at MCI. “We look forward to supporting Universal Coach Line’s zero-emission vision with our reliable, high-performance battery-electric J4500 CHARGE coach while providing exceptional training and service support. It is great to see Universal Coach Line leading the move to sustainable commuter transportation.”