San Diego Orders Six 40-Foot New Flyer Electric Buses

OCT 31 2018 BY MARK KANE 12

480 kWh battery for long-range service.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System ordered six 40-foot (12.2 m), zero-emission, battery-electric New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE transit buses.

The agency opts for the long-range versions with 480 kWh batteries (New Flyer offers up to 600 kWh), so the buses will be able to replace diesel counterparts. Deliveries are scheduled for 2019.

Together with buses, New Flyer will supply nine depot chargers (six at the primary operating facility and three in other fixed-route operating facilities).

“The purchase, supported by competitive state grants, California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, and the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, continues San Diego’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions as part of a zero-emission pilot program that supports overarching California Climate Action goals. Buses are expected to arrive in 2019 and will be tested along various existing routes.The buses are equipped with 480-kilowatt batteries, and will also feature the latest onboard video surveillance systems, enhanced wheelchair restraint systems with forward-facing safety barriers for improved safety, and electric air conditioning, and accessory systems.”

“The SDMTS Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase, which includes nine depot chargers from New Flyer. Plans are in place to install six depot chargers at the Imperial Avenue Division as the primary operating facility for the zero-emissions buses, with the remaining three to be installed at other fixed-route operating facilities to expand the route-testing area and provide service continuity.”

Wayne Joseph, President, New Flyer of America said:

“New Flyer is proud to offer zero-emission solutions for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. We are thrilled to continue partnering with California transit agencies in pursuit of cleaner air and environmental preservation, and we commend MTS on its climate leadership through continued commitment to delivering emission-free solutions to San Diego and the surrounding community.”

Paul Jablonksi, Chief Executive Officer, MTS said:

“We’re pleased to introduce New Flyer’s zero-emission technology to the San Diego region and to compare its performance, capabilities, and charging infrastructure with our existing low-emissions fleet,”.

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12 Comments on "San Diego Orders Six 40-Foot New Flyer Electric Buses"

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Score another win for St. Cloud, MN-based New Flyer! I hope they have their battery warranty costs under control.

St Cloud is manufacturing FYI. All the engineering and execs are in Winnipeg. Obviously still excellent news for the St Cloud employees as you say! Also, the battery packs are assembled in Anniston, Alabama.

Let’s hope these blue bev buses beat the fossil fuel competition in SD quickly so SD and other transportation agencies will buy 600 or 6k of them at a time very soon. I trust SD and all other regions in CA will follow LA’s lead and operate an all electric, or very near all electric, bus fleet NLT 2028.
Perhaps the great folk of MN will do the same.

Proterra is the market leader in all electric bus tech by a long shot. Why New Flyer???

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Cost and availability? Proterra has quite a long waiting list.

Market leader how? In orders? Perhaps that’s so, but unlike Proterra, NFI has a very long history and reputation as a bus OEM and has been in the electrification game for a long time.

I hope they put it in good use, most buses I see operating in So Cal are empty with a couple of people riding it, except school buses and prison transport buses

An empty bus isn’t necessarily an unused bus. At the same time, SoCal has spent decades making it easy to drive, so the bus isn’t extremely practical in comparison. However, that won’t get fixed by not investing in transit.

What a waste. If they really wanted to help the riders and the environment, they should setup more DCFC to be used by ridesharing and implement subsidy for low income users of rideshare. Buses that carry 5 people who had to wait an hour is not beneficial to the riders, tax payers, nor the environment.

Model3 Owned- Niro EV TBD -Past-500e and Spark EV,

interesting concept that has merit for folk with transit challenges in high service demand situations. It’s certainly not a replacement for EV replacing diesel engines but worthy of consideration.

Setup public charging stations for free access — and in exchange, make available discounts for ridership. win-win

Does anyone have an idea on how many gallons of diesel fuel current buses use annually

Nearly all of San Diego’s buses right now are actually using CNG powertrains running on biogas. Only a handful of diesel buses left in the fleet running I-15 commuter service, and they’re due for retirement in the next year or two.