New Flyer Industries Canada and New Flyer of America will be offering Allison Transmission’s next generation electric hybrid propulsion solution eGen Flex from early 2022. New Flyer is North America’s largest transit bus manufacturer and a subsidiary of NFI Group, one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers.
Allison’s eGen Flex system is capable of full electric drive for up to 10 miles and can eliminate engine emissions and noise while loading and unloading passengers, in dense pedestrian areas, and in zero emission zones and bus depots.
“Since 1977 we have proudly partnered with Allison Transmission on the development of innovative solutions to help advance North American mobility,” said Jennifer McNeill, vice president of sales and marketing, New Flyer. “With the eGen Flex electric hybrid system, we continue to build on a foundation of safe, sustainable and efficient transit buses.”
The eGen Flex system claims to improve fuel economy by up to 25 per cent compared to a conventional clean diesel bus, and has the ability to operate accessories such as air-conditioning and electric heat at optimal efficiency with clean electric power. Moving these accessories to electric power reduces the strain on the engine, reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs over the vehicle’s lifetime. This further reduces dependence on fossil fuels, while delivering increased uptime.
“Allison’s eGen Flex system provides fleets with a revolutionary solution that reduces their carbon footprint through an improved emissions profile and reduced fuel consumption,” adds Branden Harbin, executive director of global marketing, Allison Transmission. “The eGen Flex enables transit fleets to evaluate electric capability and their electric range needs, while still having the peace of mind of a diesel range extender, whether needed for longer routes, unplanned congestion on routes, or an inability to recharge due to power grid challenges.”
eGen Flex will be offered in multiple configurations based on fleet torque requirements, as well as CertPlus model configurations for sale in California Air Resources Board (CARB)-adopting states.
Since 2003, Allison has delivered more than 9,000 electric hybrid propulsion systems globally which have accumulated nearly 2.6 billion miles, saving more than 305 million gallons of fuel, and preventing 3.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.