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MBTA expands Boston’s electric hybrid footprint with New Flyer buses

Posted on January 7, 2019

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has executed options for 194 heavy-duty, forty-foot New Flyer Xcelsior® diesel-electric transit buses.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has executed options for 194 heavy-duty, forty-foot New Flyer Xcelsior® diesel-electric transit buses.

New Flyer of America Inc. announced that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has executed options for 194 heavy-duty, forty-foot Xcelsior® diesel-electric transit buses.

The hybrid buses, supported by FTA grants, will replace end-of-life vehicles. MBTA ordered its first New Flyer hybrid bus in 2010, and now has more than 200 40-foot and 70 60-foot diesel-hybrid buses currently in operation, as it continues to focus on clean transportation initiatives for the greater Boston area.

New Flyer is the only North American manufacturer offering all three types of zero-emission transit bus (battery-electric, fuel cell-electric, and trolley-electric), according to the company.

Since 2002, New Flyer has delivered over 750 buses to MBTA, including diesel-electric hybrids and low-emission compressed natural gas buses.

In 2018, New Flyer became the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, joined CharIN to support industry charging standards for all electric vehicles, became the first licensee outside the Volvo Group to join OppCharge in North America, signed CALSTART’s Global Commercial Drive to Zero to support fast-tracking adoption of clean trucks and buses, and also signed the Transportation Electrification Accord focused on driving an equitable and prosperous future for electrified transportation.

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