GET bus orders five other H2 New Flyer buses
In California, New Flyer received an order from the Golden Empire Transit District (GET bus) for five 40-foot fuel cell electric Xcelsior Charge H2 transit buses.
The new order follows a GET bus purchase in 2020 of five 40-foot fuel cell electric Xcelsior Charge H2 buses. GET bus is the public transportation provider in Bakersfield, California, carrying more than six million passengers annually.
The order was purchased under a California Department of General Services (CDGS) contract. The NFI Group New Flyer was selected by CDGS as an approved supplier of electric vehicles in 2019. The purchase of the buses was motivated by the Zero Emission Bus Deployment Plan. Here, California Air Resource Board (CARB) Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulations require all transit agencies in the state of California to switch from conventional buses (compressed natural gas, diesel, etc.) to buses. zero emissions (battery-electric or electric fuel cell) by 2040.
New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE H2 is a battery-electric vehicle that uses compressed hydrogen for power and range extender, which means it only takes 6 to 20 minutes to refuel.
There have been a number of New Flyer hydrogen bus orders in California. In the summer of this year, the Alameda Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) in the San Francisco Bay Area ordered 20 additional Xcelsior CHARGE H2 fuel cell electric buses. This order followed the purchase by AC Transit in 2019 of ten hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and five battery electric buses. In February last year, Orange County unveiled 10 New Flyer fuel cell buses, also announcing that the county also announced what was then the nation’s largest hydrogen refueling station for public transport. .
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