NEW FLYER CONNECT 360: SMART ANALYTICS FOR XCELSIOR E-BUS
New Flyer announced the introduction of Connect 360, a new real-time, cloud-based business analytics dashboard for Xcelsior Charge battery-electric buses. It is an upgrade of the existing New Flyer Connect but now especially for electric buses.
New Flyer Connect was first introduced in 2011 and since installed on over 6,500 New Flyer transit buses across North America. The new Connect 360 is an enhanced and added feature, specifically engineered to track battery-electric, zero-emission bus (ZEB) performance using secure cloud-based technology. Connect 360 analytics can be retrieved 24/7 via laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone device using the new Connect mobile app.
Key business analytics provided by Connect 360 include battery state-of-charge, outside air temperature trends, GPS location and average speeds, HVAC energy consumption per mile, regenerative braking, range achieved and remaining, and energy consumption (kWh/mile). Benefits of Connect 360 business analytics provide operators additional range capability with ideal driver performance, decision-making information to optimize charging strategies, and intelligence on how to preserve battery energy throughout the day; all resulting in reduced operating cost and maximum fleet utilization. Agencies can now translate data into visually intuitive graphs and measurements, helping to optimize the ultimate performance capability of a ZEB fleet in addition to benefiting all aspects of bus operation – from bus drivers to passengers, and maintenance to scheduling teams.
Key analytics for Connect 360 were developed through New Flyer’s Vehicle Innovation Center (“VIC”) dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology.