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New Flyer going wild over Toronto bus sale
Published by the Winnipeg Sun
Winnipeg’s New Flyer Industries has landed a new sale with the potential of more business down the road.
New Flyer, the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, Thursday announced an order from the Toronto Transit Commission for 10 forty-foot, zero-emission battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ heavy-duty transit buses, with an option to purchase up to 30 additional buses over the next two years. This is TTC’s first transit bus order from New Flyer since 1999.
The sale supports TTC’s electric bus program, focused on transforming its fleet into a 100% zero-emission fleet by 2040 and buying only emission-free buses starting in 2025. New Flyer was one of three candidates invited to collaborate with TTC in the evaluation of battery-electric buses for TTC service, offering buses with long range and overnight charge capability.
According to a press release, the collaboration will assist TTC and the greater public transportation community with the development of bus specifications and the integration of future electric-bus purchases. The Xcelsior CHARGE sale is supported by funding from Infrastructure Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), which provides funding for new capital projects and planning and studies for transit growth in support of long-term transit plans. TTC’s electric bus program is also funded in part through the Government of Ontario’s GHG Challenge Fund.
“New Flyer is proud to provide battery-electric, zero-emission buses to the Toronto community, and is committed to leading the collaboration and advancement of Smart Mobility throughout North America,” said Jennifer McNeill, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for New Flyer. “We look forward to working with TTC as it paves the way for zero-emission transportation in Canada, while improving mobility for the GTA and preserving its surrounding environment.”
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