New Flyer Industries recently unveiled two new zero emission buses at the American Public Transit Association Expo tradeshow in Houston, Texas. Both are based on the Xcelsior series.

XE40 - all-electric (see website)

The 40-foot XE40 all electric bus is available with lithium-ion battery packs that are scalable from 100 to 300 kWh depending on customer needs. Drivetrain comes from Siemens, while charging systems are provided by Eaton.

To date, New Flyer already produced six XE40 and five of them should enter service in the coming weeks.

Paul Soubry, New Flyer President and Chief Executive Officer said:

“We’re very excited about the addition of the battery-electric propulsion XE40 to our proven bus portfolio. In addition to clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, electric trolley and fuel cell, our customers now have a commercially available and cost effective all-electric propulsion option that can integrate seamlessly with their existing transit fleet.  We believe electrification of transit buses was not a matter of ‘if’, but rather ‘when’.”

Chris Stoddart, New Flyer’s Vice President of Engineering and Service commented:

“New Flyer has been the innovation leader for the North American heavy-duty transit industry for decades.  We have more than 20 years of extensive experience with electric vehicle technology including hybrid buses, trolley buses, and fuel-cell hybrid buses. We have designed the XE40 with public transit agencies in mind using components and systems that are Buy America compliant and are manufactured and supported by long time supply chain partners.  The bus can be charged at a depot or utilize a single pantograph interface providing rapid en-route conductive charging that can be integrated into normal transit dwell times.  This allows the bus to be operated with the same duty cycle as a conventional transit bus.”

X60 - fuel cell

The second vehicle is X60, the first ever North American designed and built zero-emission 60-foot battery-electric/fuel cell bus.

Drivetrain is also supplied by Siemens, while fuel cell power plant comes from Ballard Power Systems. There is also a small battery pack because fuel cells need to operate at a relative steady-state to be efficient, while the batteries will be able to both capture breaking energy and provide power for acceleration.

New Flyer has been working on fuel cell technology since 1995 when it delivered the first 40-foot hydrogen fuel cell bus in North America.

"New Flyer has partnered with Ballard Power Systems Inc., and Siemens on a bus that will be operated by Connecticut Transit (CTTransit) for 22 months of in-revenue-service operations. Ballard will supply a next-generation fuel cell power plant that is smaller, lighter and lower in cost than existing models.  A key step in the commercialization will be to complete a full Altoona durability and performance test as part of the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Bus Testing Program. Upon the success of this program, New Flyer will offer this vehicle to customers throughout the United States and Canada."

Paul Soubry, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Flyer remarked:

“This project is part of our technology roadmap and represents another important step for New Flyer in pursuit of durable, reliable and affordable zero-emission public transportation. Over the next decade, we expect to see a continued transition from conventional propulsion towards zero-emission technologies in the heavy-duty transit market and this builds on our natural evolution from: diesel, to hybrid, to natural gas, to electric – all based on the same proven Xcelsior bus platform.”