MCI PLANS 35-FOOT AND FULLY-ELECTRIC COACHES
Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., is heading into 2017 and the industry trade show season after a successful 2016. The announcements come as MCI marks one of its most newsworthy appearances at ABA’s Annual Meeting & Marketplace, Jan. 14 to Jan. 17 in Cleveland and the coming UMA Expo, in St. Louis.
This year, MCI unveils the latest generation of EPA 2017 Cummins ISX12 and Detroit DD13 engines available on all new J4500 motorcoaches. Both engines benefit from faster, 500-baud communication, and adopt the new "Nexiq” interface tool to replace the existing Dearborn interface adapter.
Another option includes a 360-degree camera system that improves driver’s visibility especially in low-speed maneuvering. LED drip-rail-mounted lights provide improved curbside and roadside illumination when drivers are loading and unloading baggage or fueling the coach.
Important technical changes include a new Parker-Vansco multiplexing system, improved cooling fan, drive system, and a maintenance-friendly sight glass for the fan miter box. The model also includes best-in-class, 16,000-lb. payload capacity, a new 150-amp Denso alternator, and easier-to-access electrical components. An upgraded ProHeat X45 auxiliary heater has improved serviceability and diagnostics features as well as USB connectivity.
And with its move into electric coach development, plus the development on a 35-foot coach, MCI expands future product offerings, backed by the parts, service and training support operators expect from MCI and its New Flyer parent.
The electric MCI coach will have a technology which will apply to both private and public commuter shuttle, and will be especially suitable for MCI’s San Francisco Bay area operators and others wanting the benefits of electric power. MCI is also the industry pioneer in CNG and diesel-electric hybrid, offering the MCI D-Series coach in those configurations.
At the same time, MCI is in early development stages of a 35-foot J-coach in response to customers’ request for a smaller coach that offers the reliability and parts commonality of the popular MCI J4500.