Green transit solutions.

Deploying zero-emission technology is a
critical part of reducing greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions.

  • 40-61 Seats

    With 2 wheelchair locations

  • Proven Technology

    Over 1,700 Xcelsior® trolley-electric buses have been delivered to transit agencies across North America.

Your zero-emission solution.

Introduced to market in 1968, New Flyer’s heavy-duty trolley transit bus can meet your transit agency’s zero-emission needs today.

Reliable

Floorplans

  • 40′
  • 60′
  • Narrow A-pillars

    Narrow A-pillars increase visibility for the driver.

  • Electronic Instrument Panel

    Industry’s first electronic instrument panel with LCD display can be programmed for customer specific messages or graphics.

  • Recessed Overhead Control Panel

    Recessed overhead control panel provides access to the controls and instrumentation and gives the overall area a clean appearance.

  • LED Headlights

    Industry’s first LED headlights have better visibility, and can accommodate many of today’s bike racks with no interference.

  • SmartRider™ Ramp

    SmartRider™ provides unmatched accessibility and kneeling to variable heights with less than 10″ step height when fully kneeled. The SmartRider™ ramp can achieve a 1:6 slope ratio with a self-leveling feature and is rated up to 1000 lbs.

  • Aisle

    Distance between streetside and curbside wheel wells is 34″, providing a wider and more accessible pathway for people with disabilities.

  • Narrow Window Posts

    Narrow window posts (5″) and larger windows with low window line (42.5″ in height) for greater visibility.

  • Rear Step

    Angled rear step designed for natural ingress/egress of passengers.

  • Side Panels

    Fiberglass side panels are continuous, resulting in fewer exterior seams, better aesthetics, improved manufacturability, better protection against water intrusion, and less body movement which minimizes rattles or leaks as the vehicle ages.

  • Hinged Corner Pillars

    Hinged corner pillars for easy access to components and systems for regular maintenance.

  • Mirrors & Cameras

    Mirrors and camera screens enable the driver to see all the way to the rear of the bus and monitor the rear exit door from inside.

  • Narrow A-pillars

    Narrow A-pillars increase visibility for the driver.

  • Electronic Instrument Panel

    Industry’s first electronic instrument panel with LCD display can be programmed for customer specific messages or graphics.

  • Recessed Overhead Control Panel

    Recessed overhead control panel provides access to the controls and instrumentation and gives the overall area a clean appearance.

  • LED Headlights

    Industry’s first LED headlights have better visibility, and can accommodate many of today’s bike racks with no interference.

  • SmartRider™ Ramp

    SmartRider™ provides unmatched accessibility and kneeling to variable heights with less than 10″ step height when fully kneeled. The SmartRider™ ramp can achieve a 1:6 slope ratio with a self-leveling feature and is rated up to 1000 lbs.

  • Aisle

    Distance between streetside and curbside wheel wells is 34″, providing a wider and more accessible pathway for people with disabilities.

  • Narrow Window Posts

    Narrow window posts (5″) and larger windows with low window line (42.5″ in height) for greater visibility.

  • Rear Step

    Angled rear step designed for natural ingress/egress of passengers.

  • Side Panels

    Fiberglass side panels are continuous, resulting in fewer exterior seams, better aesthetics, improved manufacturability, better protection against water intrusion, and less body movement which minimizes rattles or leaks as the vehicle ages.

  • Hinged Corner Pillars

    Hinged corner pillars for easy access to components and systems for regular maintenance.

  • Mirrors & Cameras

    Mirrors and camera screens enable the driver to see all the way to the rear of the bus and monitor the rear exit door from inside.

Benefits.

New Flyer has been your trolley leader for more than 50 years, and offers unmatched expertise in the design and deployment of zero-emission transit buses.

  • Trolley-electric technology eliminates 100-160 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, compared to a 40-foot diesel bus, the equivalent of removing 130-210 passenger cars from the road for one year..

  • Cost Efficient

    Fuel cost savings delivered by in motion charging are up to $400,000 over the 12-year life of the bus. Actual savings will depend on regional energy costs and charging methods.

  • With off-wire capability, trolley-electric buses can help reduce the need for, dependence on, and maintenance of overhead urban infrastructure. Off-wire operation range of up to 22 miles.

  • Streamlined Maintenance

    An easy access aluminum compartment houses electronic units supplying power to the traction system and onboard electronics. In addition, reduced noise and vibration results in less wear and maintenance costs.

  • Low-floor entrances offer easy access for people with greater mobility needs, and the electric motor emits minimal sound which delivers a quieter, more enjoyable passenger experience.

How it works.

Xcelsior® trolley buses are powered with In Motion Charging (IMC), using electricity from overhead wires drawn by trolley poles and storing energy in onboard batteries (used to power off-wire operation).

  • Top View
  • Side View
  • In Motion Charging (IMC)

    Powerful batteries are charged while the bus is in motion (using in motion charging technology), allowing for off-wire operation for several miles at a time. Buses can operate all day without needing to park and charge the batteries.

  • High Performance & Reliability

    Electronically regulated max speeds (of 40 MPH) and power management allow high performance through demanding grades, achieving traditional (clean diesel) level performance when travelling outside the range of overhead wires.

  • Flexible Operation

    Trolley-electric buses offer flexible navigation, able to depart (steer away) from overhead wires by several feet to avoid parked or stationary vehicles and other obstructions.