NEW FLYER JOINS INDUSTRY STANDARD ELECTRIC CHARIN
NFI Group Inc., the bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, announced they have joined the Charging Interface Initiative CharIN as a core member.
CharIN’s mission is to promote Combined Charging Systems (CCS) as the standard for all types of battery electric vehicles. CCS connectors supported by CharIN are based on SA E J1772 and SAE J3068 standards, now emerging as the preferred connector implementation for interoperable, high power charging of heavy duty transit vehicles in North America. NFI's subsidiary New Flyer actively supports over 44,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI, and Orion) currently in service, of which 7.300 are powered by electric motors and battery propulsion and 1.600 are zero-emission.
“When operators, manufacturers,and key stakeholders commit to common charging interfaces, it provides truly an opportunity to optimize electric bus solution for the long term,” said Jennifer McNeill, Vice President of Marketing and Sales with New Flyer. “By joining CharIN, New Flyer is contributing to more efficient and connected transportation. Our connected Smart Charging solutions based on CharIN ’s objectives is an essential part of New Flyer’s Smart Cities and Smart Mobility focus”. New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric buses utilize direct current (DC) plug-in chargers equipped with CCS Type 1 connectors.
In October 2017 New Flyer opened its Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC) in Anniston, Alabama, a facility focused on advancing bus and coach technology. The VIC offers the opportunity to participate in CCS charging demonstrations and innovation exhibits from Siemens, ABB, and ChargePoint. In support of 'Smart Mobility', New Flyer became the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities.