SEPTA awards NFI contract for up to 340 low-emission electric hybrid buses
New Flyer of America Inc. (New Flyer) has received a new contract from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) for a firm order of 220 Xcelsior® 40-foot hybrid-electric transit buses.
The order includes options to purchase up to 120 additional 40-foot Xcelsior hybrid-electric buses under a five-year contract.
“NFI has delivered over 2,070 buses to SEPTA since 1997, and today we continue to power the transition to sustainable mobility with our low-emission, quiet, efficient and fully accessible hybrid-electric buses,” said Chris Stoddart. , President, North America. Bus and coach. “With the best features on board, including improved batteries and regenerative braking, our hybrid electric buses are a proven transition strategy to zero-emission mobility through high operational performance, smooth acceleration, fuel savings and improved air quality.”
The hybrid electric buses feature BAE’s HDS200 hybrid propulsion, including the latest MAPS2 accessory power system which will upgrade SEPTA’s current fleet with engine shutdown features such as stop/start, l arrival and departure, and on-board green zone technology, which allows the bus to switch to battery power in designated areas. Together, these features reduce emissions and noise in the community.
The buses also advance SEPTA’s Bus Revolution program, a key component of SEPTA Forward, its strategic plan to reshape bus transportation to improve connectivity and operational efficiency, while ensuring a resilient, thriving and sustainable community. fair in the region.
New Flyer’s hybrid electric buses transition from traditional combustion engines to zero-emission propulsion, reducing NOx emissions by up to 50% and particulate levels by up to 100% while reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs.