New Flyer joins CharIN to support industry charging standards for all electric vehicles
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – June 28, 2018: (TSX: NFI) New Flyer Industries Canada ULC and New Flyer of America Inc. (collectively “New Flyer”), subsidiaries of NFI Group Inc., (“NFI”), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, today announced they have joined the Charging Interface Initiative (“CharIN e.V.” or “CharIN”) as a core member.
CharIN’s mission is to promote Combined Charging Systems (CCS) as the standard for all types of battery-electric vehicles.
New Flyer engineers actively participate in Society of Automotive Engineer (SAE) Task Force committees, making New Flyer one of the original entities to spearhead SAE heavy-duty charging standards to support interoperability and to help reduce barriers to adopting zero-emission transit buses. CCS connectors supported by CharIN are based on SAE J1772 and SAE J3068 standards, now emerging as the preferred connector implementation for interoperable, high power charging of heavy duty transit vehicles in North America.
“When operators, manufacturers, and key stakeholders commit to common charging interfaces, it provides truly an opportunity to optimize electric bus solution for the long term,” said Jennifer McNeill, Vice President of Marketing and Sales with New Flyer. “By joining CharIN, New Flyer builds on its commitment to support development of interoperable charging equipment across North America; contributing to more efficient and connected transportation. Our connected Smart Charging solutions based on CharIN’s objectives is an essential part of New Flyer’s Smart Cities and Smart Mobility focus”.
New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE™ battery-electric buses utilize direct current (DC) plug-in chargers equipped with CCS Type 1 connectors. Chargers from New Flyer are fully capable of charging other makes and models of transit buses, commercial trucks, and cars.
New Flyer’s Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC) in Anniston, Alabama, opened in October 2017, is the first and only facility of its kind in North America focused on advancing bus and coach technology through interactive learning and collaboration. The VIC offers the opportunity to participate in CCS charging demonstrations and innovation exhibits from Siemens, ABB, and ChargePoint.
As North America’s largest bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor, New Flyer continues to work with industry leaders, transit authorities, policy makers, service providers, and other manufacturers in the development of charging standards across North America. In early 2018, New Flyer committed to supporting development of connected, efficient, and convenient transportation (“Smart Mobility”), in pursuit of supporting Smart City development, and subsequently became the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities.
About NFI Group
With nearly 6,000 team members, operating from 32 facilities across Canada and the United States, NFI Group Inc. is North America’s largest bus manufacturer providing 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™ (parts, support, and service). NFI Group’s buses incorporate the widest range of drive systems available including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell). For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, NFI Group posted revenues of US $2.4 billion.
NFI Group Inc. common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at www.nfigroup.com.
About New Flyer
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. Further information is available at www.www.newflyer.com.
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