Toronto choses New Flyer for electrics

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A New Flyer Xcelsior Charge NG heavy-duty transit bus for Toronto Transit Commission. NFI


The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has awarded NFI subsidiary New Flyer Industries Canada a new five-year contract for 40-foot battery-electric buses. The total contract includes a firm order for 186 Xcelsior Charge NG heavy-duty transit buses, as well as the option for TTC to purchase up to an additional 435, giving a total potential order of 621 buses over the duration of the contract.

These next-generation battery-electric buses will help TTC meet its goal of converting its entire fleet to zero emissions by 2040, as outlined in its Green Bus Technology Plan. As part of that plan, TTC previously purchased 25 New Flyer battery-electric buses that were used in a head-to-head pilot project comparing electric vehicles from several manufacturers, during which it found that the New Flyer vehicles outperformed competitors in several key areas, including fleet availability, reliability, and energy consumption.

“Building on our partnership with TTC spanning over half a century, this new order supports the TTC’s efforts towards net zero goals for a healthier and more sustainable future,” said Chris Stoddart, President of North American Bus and Coach at NFI. “We are proud of the performance from the active in-service trial and are excited to add to the New Flyer fleet at TTC. The ability for TTC to have fleet commonality across New Flyer Xcelsior bus platforms with different propulsion systems speaks to our design and supportability.”