New Flyer wins order for six Xcelsior Charge NGs

New Flyer of America Inc. has received an order from Culver CityBus for six battery-electric Xcelsior Charge NG 40ft transit buses. Culver CityBus provides public transit in Culver City, California, with more than five million annual passenger trips. 

The order is in line with the California Air Resources Board’s  Innovative Clean Transit regulation, which mandates transition to 100 per cent zero-emission bus fleets by 2040.

“NFI’s leadership of zero-emission vehicles in North America is unrivalled,” says Paul Soubry, president and CEO, NFI. “Since 1998, NFI has delivered nearly 100 buses to Culver CityBus. With these new electric buses, the agency immediately reduces greenhouse gas emissions while experiencing 13 per cent longer range and up to 90 per cent better energy recovery.”

Rolando Cruz, Culver City’s chief transportation officer, adds: “We are thankful to partners like New Flyer who have continuously supported our efforts to do our share for clean air. Culver CityBus is excited to lead the evolution to electricity as a clean renewable fuel source.

“With this next evolution to cleaner, quieter zero-emission buses, Culver CityBus is affirming its commitment to fully electrifying our fleet by 2028 – our 100th anniversary – beginning the next 100 years with a renewed commitment to sustainability.”

New Flyer’s Xcelsior Charge NG battery-electric buses provide up to 525kWh of power and 250 mile range on a single charge. New Flyer claims that over a 12-year lifespan, the buses can deliver up to $125,000 in maintenance and $400,000 in fuel savings.