US: SamTrans Orders Electric Buses and Chargers from NFI

San Mateo County Transit (SamTrans) has ordered 10 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses from NFI.

The order includes 20 ABB 150kWh plug-in chargers, as well as project coordination and commissioning from NFI Infrastructure Solutions to support the rollout of zero-emission buses in San Mateo County, California.

The Xcelsior CHARGE NG incorporates high-energy batteries that extend range up to 13%
Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, NFI said:

“SamTrans is one of ten California agencies to rely on our advanced battery-electric bus and infrastructure solutions to enable the transition to zero emission at scale. Since 1980, NFI has delivered 263 buses to SamTrans, providing safe and efficient transportation in the region. Today, the agency expands its fleet of Xcelsior CHARGE NG buses, which deliver immediate greenhouse gas reduction, extended range, and enhanced energy recovery.”

SamTrans operates 70 bus routes in San Mateo County and parts of San Francisco and Palo Alto, delivering nearly nine million bus rides each year.

This contract follows the agency’s previous purchase of seven Xcelsior CHARGE NG forty-foot buses in 2021. These purchases support SamTrans in fulfilling the California Air Resources Board’s Innovative Clean Transit regulation, which requires all agencies to transition to operating a 100 percent zero-emission fleet by 2040.

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