Maryland Transit Administration to Pilot 7 NFI Electric Buses

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has contracted NFI to supply the agency’s first seven zero-emission electric buses.

Under the contract, NFI will provide the MDOT MTA with three sixty-foot zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG heavy-duty transit buses and four forty-foot battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG transit buses.

NFI’s Xcelsior CHARGE NG battery-electric bus delivers up to 525 kWh of power and features a new lightweight electric traction drive system providing up to 90% energy recovery
Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, NFI said:

“Since 1995, NFI has delivered over 1,260 buses and coaches to the Maryland Transit Administration, and today we begin enabling its transition to zero-emission mobility. Our battery-electric buses provide safe, efficient, quiet and emission-free public transportation, and will ultimately improve air quality and the quality of passenger experience in the state of Maryland.”

The seven pilot vehicles mark the start of the agency’s transition to a zero-emission bus fleet, utilising funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No Emission Grant Program and the Volkswagen Settlement to help fulfil Maryland’s Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act, which states that all new buses must be emission-free from 2023 onwards.

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