New Flyer lands transit bus contract

The contract includes New Flyer's Xcelsior battery-electric buses and charging hardware

October 2, 2017
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ST. CLOUD, MN—New Flyer of America Inc., the US subsidiary of Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries Inc., has announced that the Tri-County Metro Transportation District of Oregon has awarded New Flyer a contract for five Xcelsior battery-electric, zero-emission, forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses.

It is TriMet’s first move in deploying a long-term test of battery-electric buses within their network, in consideration of transition to an all-electric fleet, and also delivers on goals of advancing bus technology and planning for the future of transit. TriMet has partnered with Portland General Electric (PGE) to purchase, own, and maintain the charging infrastructure.

The contract, which includes the Xcelsior battery-electric buses and charging hardware, is supported by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program.

Xcelsior battery-electric buses offer up to USD $400,000 in energy savings and up to USD $125,000 in maintenance savings over a twelve year life span, and can travel up to 230 miles on a single charge1.

TriMet provides bus, light rail, and commuter rail service in the Portland, Oregon region supporting 1.5 million residents who take over 100 million trips each year.