by Tiana May
06 May 2022
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has ordered an additional eight NFI battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses, expanding the agency’s zero-emission electric fleet to ten New Flyer electric buses.
The order also includes four ABB depot chargers from NFI Infrastructure Solutions to support the deployment of electric buses. The purchase is supported by funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and comes in the final year of a two-year contract originally announced in 2020.
“Since 2001, NFI has delivered over 165 transit buses to COTA. We are now are enabling its transition to zero-emission with high performance buses and infrastructure. Our Xcelsior CHARGE NG is our most advanced EV featuring a lightweight traction system, offering extended range, and incorporating up to 525kWh of power. Our mobility solutions are truly leading the “ZEvolution” – and COTA is at the forefront of North America’s transition.”
COTA provides public transit services in the greater Columbus and central Ohio region. Its latest order of NFI battery-electric buses advances the agency’s five-year Strategic Plan to be diesel-free by 2025 and builds upon previous purchases of NFI compressed natural gas transit buses.
The Xcelsior CHARGE NG features three technology advancements, including high-energy batteries that extend the vehicle’s range by up to 13 percent, advanced protective battery packaging for easy installation and serviceability, and a new lightweight electric traction drive system with up to 90 percent energy recovery.
NFI is delivering battery-electric buses to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, New York’s CDTA, and California’s Santa Barbara MTD.
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has contracted NFI to supply the agency's first seven zero-emission electric buses.
The San Diego Metropolitan System (MTS) has celebrated the start of construction on an overhead electric bus charging system in South Bay.
TriMet’s Board of Directors has approved resolutions to initiate TriMet’s first bulk purchase of battery-electric buses in Portland, Oregon.
The US Federal Transit Administration has recognised the efforts of 10 transit agencies who are tackling climate change.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) launched its first electric buses on 22 April in celebration of Earth Day.
Community Transit has celebrated the start of construction on the Swift Orange BRT Line in Snohomish County, Washington.
The US FTA has published a $1 million NOFO for an initiative to generate power from electric and fuel cell-powered buses.
Siemens has manufactured charging infrastructure for two of North Carolina's largest transit agencies to aid their electrification efforts.
Pace has awarded a contract to Proterra for 20 Proterra ZX5 Max electric transit buses and two Proterra megawatt-scale fleet chargers.
On 1 April, SFMTA cut the ribbon on San Francisco’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor on Van Ness Avenue.
King County Metro has celebrated the opening of a new electric bus charging facility, enabling the launch of their battery-electric bus fleet.
The MTA has released a RFP to facilitate the development of an electric bus charging facility on Gun Hill Road in the Bronx.
NJ TRANSIT has announced that the charging infrastructure for their first 8 electric buses has been installed at Newton Avenue Bus Garage.
Sound Transit has secured 15.9 million USD in federal funding for the Stride BRT lines, which will improve bus services in the region.
AVTA and CARB have celebrated AVTA's achievement in becoming the first all-electric transit agency in North America.
NJ TRANSIT has contracted AECOM to design infrastructure for battery electric buses at Hilton Garage for the garage modernisation programme.
The Biden-Harris Administration and the US DoT have announced $1.47 billion in competitive grant funds to modernise bus fleets and facilities.
Construction is underway on the MBTA's sustainable Quincy Bus Maintenance Facility, which will aid the transition to a zero-emission fleet.
IndyGo has celebrated the start of construction for BRT Purple Line that will connect Indianapolis to the City of Lawrence.
Elected leaders in Kansas and Missouri have proposed a 24-mile regional rapid transit corridor to connect three major cities.
The Chicago Transit Authority has announced a roadmap for the full-electrification of Chicago's bus system by 2040.
SFMTA has announced that the first battery electric buses are now in revenue service as part of a pilot programme in San Francisco.
SEPTA has awarded a contract to NFI for 220 Xcelsior® hybrid-electric buses, with options to purchase 120 additional buses within five years.
Nova Bus has announced its largest electric bus contract to date from Houston METRO, initially supplying 20 LFSe+ towards a fleet of 1,300.
Red Dot Digital Media has completed a Metro corridor rebuild project, installing digital kiosks for the Transit Authority of River City.
NFI has been selected as an approved state supplier of electric transit buses and charging infrastructure for the State of Florida.
The SFMTA Board of Directors has voted to make the majority of Temporary Emergency Transit Lane projects in San Francisco permanent.
SBCAG and Caltrans have debuted a zero-emissions intercity bus to serve commuters in Santa Barbara County.
MTA has partnered with CitySwift to implement high-tech solutions for improving passenger experience and reducing carbon emissions.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has committed 109 million USD to upgrade and modernise bus operations.
SFMTA and Golden Gate Transit have completed testing for bus operations ahead of the Van Ness BRT corridor opening in spring 2022.
Santa Clara Valley's VTA will install a clean energy microgrid and fleet charging system with Proterra and Scale Microgrid Solutions.
MVTA is now using Optibus’ Planning, Scheduling, and Rostering modules for services in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
VTA has released details of their Downtown Transportation Plan to prioritise buses and make San José a more sustainable city.
SunLine Transit has installed a new liquid hydrogen pump that provides a mobile solution for charging the agency's fuel cell bus fleet.
The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Council formally launched in the US to promote hydrogen fuel cell-electric buses in public transit.
GreenPower are set to open a manufacturing facility in West Virginia to produce zero-emission, all-electric school buses.
Iteris has been awarded a 6.8M subcontract to upgrade and expand LA Metro's vehicle-to-infrastructure connected bus signal priority system.
Mountain Line has announced that 40% of their bus fleet is now battery electric, coinciding with the agency’s celebration of Clean Air Month.
GILLIG has announced a partnership with RR.AI to develop advanced driver assistance systems for their North American transit buses.
CALSTART has published its annual inventory of zero-emission buses in the US, revealing an increase of 27% since 2020.
RTD has completed their Improvement Project along the Colfax corridor, providing transit signal priority and upgrades to bus shelters.
The MTA have announced plans to redevelop the Jamaica Bus Depot in Queens to enable a zero-emissions fleet of up to 60 electric buses.
Federal approval has been given on METRO's 15-mile Purple line, which will operate with electric buses in dedicated transit lanes.
Driver training has begun on San Diego's Bus on Shoulder pilot program aiming to improve reliability for the South Bay Rapid transit service.
BYD will build eight K9M battery-electric buses for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority, the largest all-electric bus fleet in the nation.
New bus lanes and transit-signal priority are now operating in Soundview, South Bronx to give priority to MTA buses.
The U.S DoT has provided Napa Valley Transportation Authority with a $19.92 million loan for the Vine Bus Maintenance Facility Project.
AMPLY Power has partnered with school bus company, Pioneer Transportation, to bring more electric-powered school buses to New York City.
Pierce Transit is adding six GILLIG electric buses to its fleet, providing clean, quiet public transportation to Pierce County residents.
Karsan has sent its Level 4 Autonomous e-ATAK to one of the leading universities of the USA, Michigan State University (MSU).
Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) has selected Heliox’s 180kW chargers to support the City’s first electric bus fleet.
LADOT will install one of the largest EV fleet charging systems in the United States that will be powered by a solar and storage microgrid.
The RTC of Southern Nevada has awarded NFI subsidiary New Flyer a new contract for 30 CNG buses, with options to purchase up to 100 additional buses.
NFI Group has announced that NJ TRANSIT has exercised options for a total 173 vehicles from NFI subsidiaries and New Flyer.
FlixMobility has acquired Greyhound, the largest provider of long-distance bus transportation in the United States, from FirstGroup plc.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority of Buffalo, New York (NFTA-Metro) has issued a five-year contract to NFI subsidiary New Flyer.
MTD’s first-of-its-kind project powered with two New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ zero-emission, sixty-foot articulated buses.
An electric school bus in Beverly, Massachusetts, successfully delivered power back to the electricity grid for more than 50 hours over the summer.
New Flyer has received a new contract from Foothill Transit for 20 zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ buses.
The City of Las Cruces, N.M. has approved the purchase of five BYD K8M 35-foot battery-electric buses for its RoadRUNNER Transit fleet.
New Flyer has received an order from the Golden Empire Transit District (GET bus) for five forty-foot Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ heavy-duty transit buses.
The new, tailor-made Mercedes Benz Tourrider represents a milestone moment for motorcoaches in North America.
Proterra Inc has announced that Capital Metro in Austin, Texas has approved a plan to purchase 26 40-foot Proterra ZX5 Max electric transit buses.
Metro will build its first all-electric bus garage, with infrastructure and equipment needed to run 100% electric vehicles, at the Northern Bus Garage.
NJ TRANSIT has unveiled a new state-of-the art solar panel bus shelter in Cherry Hill, the first of its kind for the agency.
Collins Bus and Lightning eMotors have announced a strategic partnership to manufacture and deploy zero-emission, all-electric Type A school buses.
By 2030, a fleet of cost-competitive EVs would achieve 7.6 million metric tons of GHG emissions reductions.
The MTA and NYCDOT have together unveiled a plan to improve bus services in New York, increasing speeds and enhancing passenger experience.
GILLIG has announced the delivery of four battery electric buses to Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC).
Lightning eMotors and Forest River, Inc. have entered into a strategic partnership agreement to deploy zero-emission shuttle buses.
NFI and Robotic Research will work to increase the deployment of ADAS in transit agency fleets across North America.
NFI subsidiaries New Flyer and MCI have been named ZEB partners of choice by a total of nine major transit agencies across the country.
C-Tran has awarded GILLIG an order for eight 40-foot battery electric buses and charging equipment with an award value of $9.74 million.
Commercial vehicle electrification leader Proterra has announced a landmark fleet electrification project with Miami-Dade County.
AC Transit has awarded New Flyer an order for 20 zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ heavy-duty transit buses.
Walla Walla’s Valley Transit turned to BYD when replacing diesel vehicles with zero emission buses while retaining iconic trolley branding.
ADL has unveiled the Enviro500EV CHARGE, its first zero-emission, three-axle double deck bus for the North American market.
New Flyer has announced that WMATA has exercised options for 100 additional forty-foot Xcelsior® heavy-duty transit buses.
First Student is ordering 260 all-electric school buses - the largest order of school buses by a single customer in Lion Electric’s history.
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and Park City Transit have awarded GILLIG a $44.2 million contract for 44 battery electric buses.
The Lion Electric Company has announced that it has selected Joliet, Ill., for the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Illinois.
NJ TRANSIT is advancing the WRTC improvement project with the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design of a new facility.
Charlotte Area Transit System and eTransEnergy, will test the performance of battery electric bus (BEB) vehicles.
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has broken ground on the construction of a new maintenance facility.
Allison Transmission's electric hybrid propulsion solution eGen Flex will be put into revenue service at New York City Transit (NYCT) in May.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded approximately $10.5 million to replace 473 older diesel school buses.
The City of Lynn, MassDOT, and the MBTA have announced the completion of a series of quick-build multimodal road treatments in Lynn.
Masabi, the Greater Dayton RTA and the Transit app today announced that riders are now able to travel using reusable smartcards.
Residents of Juneau, Alaska, will begin to see Capital Transit’s first battery-electric bus in service and on the road from April 14.
Washington state officials chose BYD for a statewide purchase agreement giving transit agencies the ability to buy BYD vehicles.
The U.S. DoT's FTA has announced $187 million in federal funding will be allocated to four Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure projects.
HNTB Corporation will provide construction, engineering and inspection services for Miami's new South-Dade Transitway Corridor.
Spokane Transit Authority has unveiled its first 60-foot Xcelsior CHARGE™ City Line bus, as part of a contract that New Flyer won in 2020.
Nova Bus is pleased to announce it was selected to supply 15 LFSe+ buses by the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS).
School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corporation has now exceeded 400 electric-powered school buses delivered or on order in North America.
The Montgomery County Public Schools will convert its bus fleet to all-electric, starting with 326 buses over the next four years.
The FTA has announced availability of up to $180 million in competitive grant funding for low or emission transit vehicles and facilities.
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