Bus

New Flyer to develop 60-foot, electric Xcelsior model

Posted on October 16, 2014

New Flyer Industries Inc. is developing the first-ever North American designed and built zero-emission 60-foot battery-electric/fuel-cell bus.

The propulsion system is being integrated into New Flyer’s Buy America compliant and proven Xcelsior® X60 heavy-duty transit bus platform that includes a combination of batteries, a fuel cell and hydrogen storage. The electric drive bus will allow the fuel cell to operate at a relative steady-state, while the batteries will be able to both capture breaking energy and provide power for acceleration.

New Flyer has partnered with Ballard Power Systems Inc. and Siemens on a bus that will be operated by Connecticut Transit (CTTransit) for 22 months of in-revenue-service operations. Ballard will supply a next-generation fuel cell power plant that is smaller, lighter and lower in cost than existing models. A key step in the commercialization will be to complete a full Altoona durability and performance test as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Bus Testing Program. Upon the success of this program, New Flyer will offer this vehicle to customers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

CALSTART, a member-supported organization of more than 140 firms, fleets and agencies worldwide dedicated to supporting a growing high-tech clean transportation industry, is administering the project for the FTA.

“This project is part of our technology roadmap and represents another important step for New Flyer in pursuit of durable, reliable and affordable zero-emission public transportation,” said Paul Soubry, president/CEO of New Flyer. “Over the next decade, we expect to see a continued transition from conventional propulsion towards zero-emission technologies in the heavy-duty transit market and this builds on our natural evolution from: diesel, to hybrid, to natural gas, to electric – all based on the same proven Xcelsior bus platform.”

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Boston-area BRT pilots bring faster commutes, public enthusiasm

Public survey responses indicate the pilots sparked new ideas about local street use, with many respondents supporting making the pilot elements permanent or even expanding their reach.

How technology can improve transit operator retention

Technology can support operator incentive and reward programs, and provide tools and training to make operators’ lives safer and easier.

NJ TRANSIT adding 183 more MCI Commuter Coaches

The order is part of a six-year contract, with the company set to begin production of year four coaches starting in September of 2019.

SamTrans adding 55 New Flyer articulated buses

The buses, funded by FTA grants, will replace buses from 2002 that have exceeded their useful life.

Minn. Metro Transit lands $74M FTA grant for Orange BRT line

The line will connect riders along the route to major job centers, including downtown Minneapolis.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation