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NJ Transit orders up to 83 e-buses from New Flyer (that got also a 165-units hybrid bus order from Ontario)

Published by Sustainable Bus Magazine

New Flyer has received a firm order from the New Jersey Transit Corporation for eight Xcelsior CHARGE NG forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses with options to purchase up to 75 more battery-electric buses under a five-year contract. 

New Flyer. to deliver 8 Xcelsior CHARGE NG to NJ Transit

The new contract advances NJ Transit’s zero-emission bus program to reach the goal of transitioning to a 100% ZEB fleet by 2040, aligned with Governor Murphy’s Energy Master Plan. NJ Transit is America’s third-largest public transit agency, connecting New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia, providing nearly 270 million annual passenger trips pre-pandemic, with an active fleet of over 2,200 buses, NFI Group says in a press note.

“With nearly 2,300 transit buses and motor coaches delivered since 2001, NJ Transit has relied on NFI’s advanced technology for decades. Today, we are powering its transition to clean, battery-electric mobility,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach. “Our lighter, longer range, and fully accessible Xcelsior CHARGE NG is our most advanced EV available, and will immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ultimately, we are advancing NJ TRANSIT’s clean energy goals while delivering sustainable, quieter mobility in the greater New Jersey community.” 

New Flyer hybrid buses with BAE Systems powertrain

A few days ago New Flyer announced that Mississauga Transit (MiWay) has signed a two-year contract for 127 Xcelsior forty-foot hybrid-electric buses and 38 Xcelsior sixty-foot hybrid-electric buses.

Based in Mississauga, ON, MiWay is Ontario’s third-largest municipal public transit system that operates 500 buses, delivering over 55 million annual rides. 

New Flyer equips all 165 hybrid-electric buses with BAE Systems next-generation Modular Accessory Power System (MAPS), offering a multi-functional and light-weight modular design that delivers best-in-class performance. In addition to MAPS, buses are configured with geofencing technology, which uses GPS navigation to define the transit route sections where hybrid-electric buses operate in an electric vehicle mode. 

The low-emission hybrid-electric Xcelsior buses with MAPS technology onboard will deliver increased fleet efficiency, reliability, and sustainability, New Flyer stresses. Through this order, MiWay is helping to fulfill its 40-year Strategic Plan, focused on developing a transit-oriented city through expanding its transit system and practicing environmentally responsible approaches to reduce emissions and improve air quality. 

“NFI has been leading hybrid-electric innovation for over 20 years, supplying more hybrid-electric buses across North America – in more configurations – than any other manufacturer,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach. “Our partnership with MiWay spans 45 years, having delivered 550 buses since 1976. Today, we continue to support MiWay in its transition to cleaner transportation by leveraging hybrid-electric mobility that will immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the greater Mississauga community.” 

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