New Flyer Offers Total Electrification Option for Components used with Allison Transmission Electric Hybrid Propulsion Systems
Increased Accessory Power II enables additional fuel savings with Allison Transmission Electric Hybrid H 40/50 EP™ systems
St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA – August 11, 2017: (TSX: NFI) New Flyer of America Inc. (“New Flyer”), the U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (the “Company”), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, today announced immediate availability of Increased Accessory Power II for the Allison Transmission (“Allison”) Hybrid H 40 EP™ and H 50 EP™ propulsion systems. The option uses electrification to power accessory components for additional fuel economy.
“We are pleased to offer immediate availability of another fuel-saving technology for the New Flyer Xcelsior,” said Wayne Joseph, President, New Flyer of America. “Through exploration of new and innovative propulsion options, we bring greater efficiency, sustainability, and advanced technologies to our customers, helping drive leaner, greener operations.”
Increased Accessory Power II (IAP II™) is a customizable electric distribution platform that provides power from the Allison electric hybrid system to accessory components such as electric air conditioning, electric air compressors, and 24VDC power steering systems. The system improves on the electric hybrid’s efficiency by distributing the electric hybrid power throughout the bus. Available in standard and articulated bus applications, IAP II includes either a single or dual Hybrid Beltless Alternator (HBA).
“New Flyer and Allison have demonstrated an effective partnership, dedicated integration work, and a mutual commitment to innovation.,” said Heidi Schutte, vice president of marketing and sales for the Americas with Allison Transmission. “When using IAP II with our system, fleets can expect an additional average fuel economy improvement of up to 18 percent.”
IAP II offers the following benefits:
- Allows accessories to operate at the most efficient speeds, improving fuel economy
- Replaces alternator and belt with a more reliable and efficient DC-DC converter, resulting in improved fuel economy
- Increases brake responsiveness
- Improves low-speed maneuverability, due to smoother 24VDC power steering
- Enables faster interior cooling, without straining the engine or burning unnecessary fuel by running engines at high idle
- Allows for sub-component serviceability, whole system replacement becomes unnecessary
- Allows the accessories to continue to operate during engine stop-start operation
Like IAP I, IAP II utilizes a high voltage distribution module (HVDM) for intelligent control of high voltage electrical power and an HBA (or dual HBAs) for DC to DC conversion of high voltage to 24VDC. IAP II also adds an inverter that converts high voltage DC to high voltage AC that can power components while simultaneously eliminating the cost and need for the air conditioning system’s integral inverter.
Since 2003, Allison has delivered more than 8,000 hybrid propulsion systems globally which have accumulated nearly 800 million miles, saving more than 41 million gallons of fuel, and preventing 400 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
About New Flyer Industries
The Company is the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America with fabrication, manufacturing, distribution and service centers across America. It employs over 5,400 team members.
The Company is North America’s heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the broadest transit bus product line under the brand Xcelsior®, incorporating the broadest range of drive systems available, including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, trolley-electric, and battery-electric. New Flyer actively supports over 44,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI, and Orion) currently in service, of which 6,400 are powered by electric and battery propulsion.
The Company is also North America’s motor coach market leader offering the Motor Coach Industries (MCI) J-Series, the industry’s best-selling intercity coach for 11 consecutive years, and the MCI D-Series, the industry’s best-selling motor coach line in North American history. MCI is also the exclusive distributor of Daimler’s Setra S 417 and S 407 in the United States and Canada. MCI actively supports over 28,000 coaches currently in service.
The Company operates North America’s most comprehensive aftermarket parts organization providing support for all types of transit buses and motor coaches. All buses and coaches are supported by an industry-leading comprehensive warranty, service, and support network.
Further information is available on the Company’s websites at www.www.newflyer.com and www.mcicoach.com. The common shares of the Company are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and is a leader in electric hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,600 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.
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