New Flyer debuts zero-emission Xcelsior CHARGE™ bus at the University of Colorado’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Ride-n-Drive event May 18
St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA – May 14, 2018: (TSX: NFI) New Flyer of America Inc. (“New Flyer”), the U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., formerly called New Flyer Industries Inc. (“NFI Group”), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, today announced that its battery-electric, zero-emission Xcelsior CHARGE™ demonstration bus will visit the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado (“UC”) this week for the university’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Ride-n-Drive event.
The event, hosted by the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Parking and Transportation Services, will occur on Friday, May 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the university’s Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (“S.E.E.C.”) off of Discovery Drive.
The bus will offer rides to those in attendance, and staff from both UC and New Flyer will be on hand to answer any questions about the bus. Other vehicles in attendance include a Chevy Bolt, a Nissan Leaf, multiple BMW models, electric work vehicles from GEM, and Club Car and multiple e-Bike models from Full Cycle and Small Planet EBikes.
“New Flyer’s zero-emission demonstration bus program is just one example of our commitment to helping develop sustainable, efficient, and smart mobility,” said Wayne Joseph, President, New Flyer of America. “We’ve had electric propulsion on our buses for over 50 years, starting with electric-trolleys and launching our first all battery-electric bus in 2012, resulting in today’s industry-leading Xcelsior CHARGE. Our buses comply with international charging standards, ensuring interoperability for transit authorities. This makes transit operation more efficient and connected, and also facilitates less wasted infrastructure. We’re not waiting for the future to happen, we are shaping it today.”
The University of Colorado first opened its doors in 1876 and has continued to provide collaborative research, innovation, and entrepreneurship throughout the state. Its Parking and Transportation department provides cost-effective transportation for the university community, delivering approximately one million boardings per year for Colorado University students, faculty, staff, and dignitaries who use the “Buff Bus” to navigate campus.
The NFI Group has over 50 years of experience in manufacturing zero-emission buses (ZEBs).
About NFI Group
NFI Group and its subsidiaries comprise the largest bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, with 32 fabrication, manufacturing, distribution, and service centers located across Canada and the United States and employing nearly 6,000 team members.
NFI Group provides a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under several brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), MCI® (motor coaches), and NFI Parts™ (bus and coach parts, support, and service). NFI Group’s vehicles incorporate the widest range of drive systems available ranging from clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, trolley-electric, battery-electric, and fuel cell-electric.
- New Flyer is North America’s heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the most advanced product line under the Xcelsior® and Xcelsior CHARGE™ brands. New Flyer actively supports over 44,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI, and Orion) currently in service, of which 7,300 are powered by electric motors and battery propulsion and 1,600 are zero-emission.
- ARBOC is North America’s low-floor, body-on-chassis (“cutaway”) bus leader serving transit, paratransit, and shuttle applications. With more than 3,000 buses in service, ARBOC leads the low-floor cutaway bus market providing unsurpassed passenger accessibility and comfort over traditional high-floor cutaway vehicles. ARBOC also offers a medium-duty bus for transit and shuttle applications.
- Motor Coach Industries is North America’s motor coach leader offering the J-Series, the industry’s best-selling intercity coach for 11 consecutive years, and the D-Series, the industry’s best-selling motor coach line in North American history. MCI actively supports over 28,000 coaches currently in service.
- NFI Parts is North America’s most comprehensive parts organization, providing replacement parts, technical publications, training, service, and support for NFI Group’s bus and motor coach product lines.
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