SEPTA Awards Contract to NFI for Up to 340 Hybrid-Electric Buses

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has awarded a contract to NFI Group for 220 Xcelsior® hybrid-electric transit buses, with options to purchase 120 additional hybrid-electric buses within five years.

The forty-foot, hybrid-electric buses feature the latest MAPS2 accessory power system that provides engine-off capabilities such as stop/start and onboard Green Zone technology. These features will enable SEPTA buses to switch to battery-electric power in specified zones, which will reduce emissions and noise in the local area.

NFI Hybrid-Electric Bus
These hybrid-electric buses bridge the transition between traditional combustion engines and zero-emission propulsion, reducing NOx emissions up to 50% and particulate matter levels up to 100%
Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, said:

“NFI has delivered over 2,070 buses to SEPTA since 1997, and today we continue to power the transition to sustainable mobility with our low-emission, quiet, efficient, and fully accessible hybrid-electric buses. With best-in-class features on board, including enhanced batteries and regenerative braking, our hybrid-electric buses are a proven transition strategy to zero-emission mobility through high operational performance, smooth acceleration, fuel savings, and improved air quality.”

SEPTA delivers 300 million annual rides across five counties surrounding Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This new order of buses will advance SEPTA’s Bus Revolution programme as part of SEPTA Forward, which aims to reshape bus transportation to improve their operational efficiency.

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