INNOVATIVE ELECTRIC BUS BY NEW FLYER INCLUDES TWO DRIVEN AXLES
New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. and an important North American transit bus and motor coach manufacturer, will have the industry’s first 60-foot electric heavy-duty transit bus to undergo testing at the Federal Transit Administration’s (“FTA”) proving grounds in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
New Flyer’s innovative XE60 battery-electric bus, and its sister XHE60 hydrogen fuel cell bus, are both powered by Siemens electric motors with rechargeable lithium-ion battery technology manufactured in Michigan. These bus models incorporate a unique two-axle drive system for added traction and enhanced safety and both produce zero tail pipe pollution and zero green-house gas emissions.
The XE60 version is an all-electric transit bus that can be offered with either extended range batteries or with en-route fast charging capability, requiring fewer on-board batteries for continuous service operations. New Flyer’s XHE60 model is a battery electric 60-foot articulated transit bus that incorporates a small hydrogen fuel cell operating as an on-board battery charger. Both the XE60 and XHE60 are built on the industry-proven and highly-reliable Xcelsior platform, with over 8,000 buses in service daily throughout North America.
This twsting program will validate the integration of advanced two-axle drive technology for adverse weather and road conditions. The testing also allows New Flyer to contribute in a significant role to the FTA’s National Fuel Cell bus program by demonstrating how advanced hydrogen fuel cells can be utilized to charge batteries on-board without using plug-in power from the utility grid, which typically requires several hours per day for complete re-charging and off-peak hours to avoid excessive power rates. New Flyer manufacturer’s electric buses in 35, 40 and 60-foot models. The XE60 and its sister XHE60 will be deployed initially at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) and the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), respectively.