California’s GET bus adds five more New Flyer fuel cell buses

NFI Group subsidiary New Flyer of America has received an order from the Golden Empire Transit District (GET bus) for five 40ft fuel cell-electric Xcelsior Charge H2 buses. The order adds to an earlier five similar buses ordered last year and follows New Flyer being selected by CDGS as an approved supplier of electric vehicles in 2019. Both orders were supported by federal transit administration and state funds.

GET has a Zero-Emission Bus Rollout Plan, designed to transition its fleet to 100 per cent zero-emission by 2040, in accordance with the California Air Resources Board’s innovative clean transit regulation. GET bus operates in Bakersfield, California, transporting more than six million passengers per year.

“Leveraging NFI’s experience in electric technology – with more than 40 million EV service miles completed – New Flyer is delivering innovative, efficient, sustainable mobility into California and directly enabling the transition to zero-emission propulsion by 2040,” says Chris Stoddart, president, North American bus and coach. “Since 2005, we have delivered over 110 buses to GET bus, and now, our fuel cell-electric technology will improve community livability with proven range, improved air quality, and quieter transportation.”

Built on New Flyer’s Xcelsior platform, the Xcelsior Charge H2 can save 85 to 135 tons of greenhouse gas per year, compared to a diesel bus.