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CDTA unveils first zero-emission transit buses in upstate New York

Pictured left to right: Patricia Fahy, Neil Breslin, Jayme Lahut, Carm Basile, John T. McDonald, Laura Poltynski and Carmine Fiore


St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA – January 10, 2020: (TSX: NFI) New Flyer of America Inc. (“New Flyer”), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, today celebrated the launch of the Capital District Transportation Authority’s (“CDTA”) new zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ heavy-duty transit buses in Albany, New York.

The buses were unveiled during today’s launch event and demonstration ride facilitated by CDTA Chief Executive Officer Carm Basile and CDTA Board Chairman Jayme Lahut, alongside Congressman Paul Tonko and New York State Assembly members Patricia Fahy, Phillip Steck, and John T. McDonald III.

In addition to delivering four forty-foot, battery-electric buses, New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™ was also selected to provide and commission four Siemens direct current depot chargers that conform to Society of Automotive Engineer (SAE) J1772 Combined Charging System Type 1 standards.

“New Flyer is thrilled to celebrate CDTA’s launch of the first battery electric transit buses in upstate New York,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. “We are proud to support the transition to zero-emission with buses, technology, and infrastructure solutions that help CDTA achieve its mission to improve mobility. With the adoption of zero-emission buses, CDTA is enhancing accessibility, reducing the region’s carbon footprint, and advancing infrastructure to meet the mobility needs in Albany and the surrounding communities.”

CDTA is a multi-modal public transit agency, delivering comprehensive transit services to the Capital District of New York (including the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady) and completing over 16 million passenger trips per year for a community of almost 800,000 people. In 2017, the American Public Transportation Association awarded CDTA Mid-Sized Transit System of the Year.

New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™ is a service dedicated to providing safe, reliable, smart, and sustainable charging and mobility solutions as transit agencies look to transition their traditional fleets to zero-emission. For more information, visit www.newflyer.com/infrastructuresolutions.

New Flyer proudly leads the industry with mobility solutions including buses, technology, and infrastructure that together, help build sustainable public transit across America. New Flyer has more than 50 years of experience in manufacturing zero-emission buses (ZEBs), with more electric buses on the road in America than any other manufacturer.

About NFI

With 9,000 team members operating from more than 50 facilities across ten countries, NFI is a leading independent global bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), Alexander Dennis Limited (single and double-deck buses), Plaxton (motor coaches), MCI® (motor coaches), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), and NFI Parts™. NFI buses and motor coaches 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).  In total, NFI now supports over 105,000 buses and coaches currently in service around the world. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at www.nfigroup.com, www.www.newflyer.com, www.mcicoach.com, www.arbocsv.com, www.alexander-dennis.com, and www.nfi.parts.

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. It also offers infrastructure development through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, a service dedicated to providing safe, sustainable, and reliable charging and mobility solutions. New Flyer actively supports over 41,000 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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