New York City To Test 5 New Flyer Electric Buses

FEB 15 2018 BY MARK KANE 16

The New York City Transit Authority (NYCT) has launched a test and evaluation program of five New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric, 40-foot heavy-duty transit buses.

New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE

New Flyer hopes that a positive test result will open the way for volume orders from America’s largest transportation network; while at the same time, NYCT is using the tests to develop requirements for future procurements.

The e-buses will use fast chargers at route ends, as well as an on-route overhead charging systems from Siemens.

Later this year, New Flyer electric buses and charging systems will be introduced in Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Boston.

“The program introduces leased zero-emission buses and rapid chargers to the NYCT network and supports New York’s commitment to protect the environment, reduce emissions, and fight climate change. The MTA will use program results to refine and develop requirements for future electric bus procurements, and to also ensure buses are fully able to meet the rigors of operating in New York City.

For the program, New Flyer integrated leading battery technology from XALT Energy with high-efficiency electric motors and rapid overhead charging systems from Siemens. The electrical infrastructure is being assembled at Siemens’ Tualatin, Oregon rail electrification facility, and the integration of the technologies produced the most technically advanced transit bus in the industry. New Flyer also partnered with Black & Veatch, a leader in engineering and construction of complex charging networks for fleets nationwide, to deploy the high-power charging infrastructure both on-route and in the depot.”

“The program will operate across the NYCT system, with the option to rapidly recharge buses at either end of the route. The on-route rapid charging system used by New Flyer and Siemens allows battery-electric buses to operate continuously without returning to a depot for recharging. Similar New Flyer buses and charging systems are anticipated to follow in Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Boston in 2018.

New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE 40’

The MTA is North America’s largest transportation network, serving a population of 15.3 million people in the 5,000-square-mile area from New York City through Long Island, southeastern New York State, and Connecticut.

NFI Group has over 50 years of experience in manufacturing zero-emission buses (ZEBs) and employs more American workers than any other bus manufacturer in North America.”

Wayne Joseph, President of New Flyer of America said:

“Our entire organization is focused on bus innovation and advancement. Through the NYCT pilot program, we are introducing battery-electric buses to America’s largest transportation network by leveraging proven Xcelsior performance with the best Xcelsior CHARGE™ battery-electric technology and the most efficient charging equipment to create an integrated, reliable zero-emission bus system. We are proud to bring New Yorkers a solution that is not only environmentally-friendly, but also provides the quietest and most accessible bus ride available for the urban community and surrounding boroughs.”

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This works for most cities in the west, but fails for many Asian, esp Chinese, cities. The reason is majority of electricity comes from coal currently, and the only extra electricity for those places will be coal.

Coal can still be much cleaner than tailpipe emissions when used for electric vehicles. You need to compare emissions, efficiency, etc.

On the contrary more electricity demand drives new installations and those new installations are not coal in places like China.

Also the coal plants are easier to regulate and replace and are also way further away from the people breathing than the cars.

Coal percentage in China is dropping and dropping fast.

NYC MTA, cozy with the fossil fuel industry, slow to transitioning to money-saving clean EV buses. Meanwhile China is decades ahead in clearing the air of dangerous diesel nano-particulates. Unfortunately money trumps health and common sense.

Lol. China is ahead on cleaning nano particles???
The reason why you can not see far in any of the Chinese cities is due to coal, gasoline and diesel engines. And china continues to get worse, not better.

Europe cleaned their diesel long ago, which is why Europe has a fraction of the pollution of china. Even America’s diesel is cleaner.

And with diesel transportation, America is in the process of cutting it’s diesel by 5-10% by 2020 as our trains convert from diesel engines to LNG.

Here in Europe the unhealthy levels off emission has risen in many parts. To the level that cities have had to ban (diesel) cars during certain days.

The unhealthy emissions from the car sector has been going up and the diesel is far from clean.

Thankfully a reversal is starting to happen but it will take time to get rid of all those dirty diesel (and petrol) cars.

Actually Europe didn’t clean up it’s diesel problem you must have forgotten about the Volkswagen cheating on emissions that was going on for years, and Volkswagen wasn’t the only one cheating.

“Europe cleaned their diesel long ago”
Please go visit, you will be shocked!

This was in reply to Jamesjm

What do you have to say that is constructive, informative and helpful?

Jamesjm I actually thought you were right but I looked at EIA and the state of New York uses hardly any coal for producing electricity it’s actually about an equal amount of natural gas, nuclear power, and hydro.

Those buses will also run here in Portland, OR, solely on renewable power!

Having spent four months in China last year (Shenyang) I can attest they are nowhere near Western standards. Most mornings you could literally not see the building across the street from my 26th floor room. During snow it would fall grayish, not white.

Beijing used to be horrible, haven’t been there for several years so I don’t know if it has improved or not. You can actually feel the grit blown up from the desert and the coal particles are in their too.
Back in 2008 Beijing was boasting that their air was getting much better so the US Embassy released their own air quality report from the roof of the US Embassy in Beijing and the results were really bad and getting worse.
I wonder if we still release the air quality results for the embassy?