NEW FLYER DELIVERS THIRD BATCH OF 100 ELECTRIC HYBRID BUSES FOR SEPTA
New Flyer of America Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (“NFI Group”), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, is advancing third year production of 100 Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid, forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (“SEPTA”). It is the third installment of a five-year contract for a total of 525 hybrid buses approved by SEPTA in May 2016.
The buses will be deployed in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs of Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester, supporting four million people living in and around southeastern Pennsylvania. The hybrid diesel-electric Xcelsior buses support SEPTA’s “SEPT-AINABLE 2020” program, focused on achieving sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach that includes the natural environment, healthy communities and workforce, and economic vitality.
At the conclusion of the five-year contract, hybrids will comprise 95 percent of the SEPTA fleet. NFI Group claims to have over 50 years of experience in manufacturing zero-emission buses (ZEBs).