Port Authority of Allegheny County Adds 6 More Battery-Electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ Buses from New Flyer
New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, today announced that Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC), headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has converted options to order six more forty-foot zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ heavy-duty transit buses.
The purchase, supported by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No Emission Grant Program funds, will replace end of life diesel vehicles with efficient, sustainable battery-electric buses. In 2019, PAAC ordered its first two New Flyer electric buses, with the contract including options to buy eight more buses over the next five years. The additional six will bring Port Authority of Allegheny’s zero-emission fleet to eight Xcelsior CHARGE™ buses.
The Port Authority of Allegheny County is the second largest public transit agency in Pennsylvania, providing more than 62 million annual passenger trips in Allegheny County. In 2019, the authority started its zero-emission transition to improve air quality, enhance community quality of life, and protect the environment.
“Since 2011 New Flyer has supported Port Authority of Allegheny with fully-accessible transit, having delivered over 125 clean diesel buses to the county. With its second order of electric buses, PAAC continues to count on New Flyer technology for safe and reliable transportation – expanding the added benefit of clean, quiet, sustainable mobility that offers lower maintenance costs and high performance through even the most demanding environments. We have more electric buses on the road in America than any other manufacturer, and will keep driving zero-emission adoption with scalable mobility solutions that work.”
New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE™ buses reduce up to 100-160 tons of greenhouse gas per year. Today, New Flyer delivers immediate emission reduction through its battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ and fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ buses, and supports zero-emission deployments through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, which provides safe and reliable infrastructure services for smart, sustainable mobility projects.
New Flyer has been leading innovation in mobility for 90 years, and today supports growing North American cities with sustainable buses, technology, and infrastructure. It also operates the Vehicle Innovation Center, the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus and motor coach technology and providing essential workforce development through electric bus training, now available online. New Flyer is testing automated vehicle technology and remains committed to the development of technology standards that deliver safe, clean, sustainable, connected mobility options to communities.
This article was originally published by New Flyer Industries Canada ULC.
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