SAN DIEGO PURCHASES ZERO-EMISSION BUSES FROM NEW FLYER
New Flyer recent announced that the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has awarded New Flyer a new contract for six forty-foot, zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior Charge heavy-duty transit buses.
“The purchase, supported by competitive state grants, California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, and the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, continues San Diego’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions as part of a zero-emission pilot program that supports overarching California Climate Action goals”, as the pressrelease states. Buses are expected to arrive in 2019 and will be tested along various existing routes. The buses are equipped with 480KW batteries, the latest onboard video surveillance systems, enhanced wheelchair restraint systems with forward-facing safety barriers, electric air conditioning and accessory systems.
The purchase includes nine depot chargers from New Flyer. Plans are in place to install six depot chargers at the Imperial Avenue Division as the primary operating facility for the zero-emissions buses, with the remaining three to be installed at other fixed-route operating facilities to expand the route-testing area and provide service continuity.
New Flyer of America Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (NFI) and is the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System operates bus and trolley routes in the region, delivering over 90 million rides per year. MTS operates a zero-emission light rail and compressed natural gas buses driven by 100% renewable natural biogas, deploying eco-friendly propane-powered buses, installing near-zero NOx engines into existing fixed-route buses, achieving LEED Silver status for new bus
operations facilities in Chula Vista and El Cajon, and installing solar power.