Denver transit agency orders 17 Xcelsior CHARGE NG electric buses from New Flyer

New Flyer of America has received a new contract from Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) for 17 Xcelsior CHARGE NG 40-foot heavy-duty electric transit buses. This is New Flyer’s first battery-electric bus order from RTD, which delivers 33 million bus rides per year on 124 routes in the Denver metro area.

Colorado’s Electric Vehicles Plan mandates that the states transit fleets transition to 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2050, with an interim goal of at least 1,000 ZEVs by 2030.

New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE NG battery-electric buses provide up to 525 kWh of energy storage and 250 miles of range. The 2021 CHARGE NG bus incorporates several technology advancements over the previous model, including 13% more range, new battery packaging for easy install and simpler serviceability, and a new lightweight electric drive system that achieves up to 90% energy recovery.

“Through a partnership spanning 25 years, NFI has delivered nearly 500 vehicles to RTD, including 235 New Flyer buses and 249 MCI coaches,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach. “Today, we expand sustainable mobility in the greater Denver area with the addition of zero-emission buses for RTD. Our Xcelsior CHARGE NG buses offer a quiet ride, clean air, longer range, and reduced operational and maintenance costs.”

Source: New Flyer

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