Today, NFI Group Inc. revealed that the Capital Metro Transportation Authority, known as CapMetro, has exercised an option within their ongoing five-year contract with NFI subsidiary New Flyer of America Inc. This option involves procuring 26 zero-emission battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 40-foot transit buses. Initially introduced in November 2021, the contract encompassed a maximum of 126 40-foot and up to 15 60-foot battery-electric buses. In the second quarter of 2023, NFI firmly committed to an order for 26 of the 40-foot electric vehicles (EVs), adding them to their backlog.
CapMetro is Austin Texas’ public transportation provider, with over 20 million annual boardings through bus, paratransit, and commuter rail services.
“Our partnership with CapMetro spans over 25 years, and, during this time, New Flyer has delivered more than 300 buses. NFI commends CapMetro on its commitment to environmental sustainability, a critical step on the path to a zero-emission future,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, NFI. “The Xcelsior CHARGE NG is our latest EV – capable of avoiding up to 135 tons of greenhouse gas per year from tailpipe emissions – and will deliver innovative and sustainable mobility in the greater Austin region. Built on the proven Xcelsior platform, these EVs feature consistent vehicle design with all propulsion systems in CapMetro’s fleet, resulting in consistent training, parts, and service support on these vehicle systems.”
These 26 next generation EVs will drive a fully zero-emission fleet for CapMetro’s Rapid project. This includes introducing four new bus lines to enhance commuting options and passenger satisfaction in Austin. The Rapid is part of CapMetro’s Project Connect, which aims to expand and improve public transportation for the Central Texas region by reimagining its transit program and reducing carbon emissions through fleet electrification.
These 26 buses, together with the buses originally ordered in 2021, are Xcelsior CHARGE NG buses, which incorporate three distinct technologies: high-energy batteries, advanced protective battery packaging for easy install and simple serviceability, and a lightweight electric traction drive system with up to 90% energy recovery.
SOURCE: NFI Group