Order marks MARTA’s first electric bus purchase from New Flyer, joins over 40 North American agencies with active zero-emission bus programs supported by New Flyer
St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA – January 7, 2021: (TSX: NFI) New Flyer of America Inc. (“New Flyer”), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, today announced that the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (“MARTA”) has awarded New Flyer with a new order for six Xcelsior CHARGE™ zero-emission, battery-electric forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses.
MARTA is among the largest transit systems in the U.S., providing public transit to the Atlanta metropolitan region and delivering 116 million passenger trips per year.
The purchase is supported by federal funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s (“FTA”) Low or No Emission (“Low-No”) Grant Program, and continues MARTA’s pursuit of reducing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions through sustainable transportation. MARTA has been transitioning to lower-emission propulsion since 1996, when the agency first introduced compressed natural gas (“CNG”) buses from New Flyer.
“Since 1990, New Flyer has supported MARTA with progressive innovation over the 1,200 buses we delivered, and today, we achieve a new milestone supporting MARTA’s transition to zero-emission,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer of America. “As more cities demand reduced GHG emissions and greater sustainability, New Flyer is meeting that need with zero-emission buses, technology, and infrastructure – as a manufacturer offering comprehensive mobility solutions and workforce development at scale. With our battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ buses, MARTA joins leading agencies across the continent who have begun the transition to sustainable mobility.”
Designed on the proven Xcelsior® platform, New Flyer offers zero-emission mobility through its battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ (in 35, 40, and 60-foot lengths) and fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ (in 40 and 60-foot lengths), and supports zero-emission deployments through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, providing safe and reliable services for smart, sustainable mobility projects. Its full-suite infrastructure service includes support, planning, optimization, and transition to ensure a successful transition to zero-emission mobility, working closely with leading firms including Siemens, ABB, ChargePoint, Burns & McDonnell and Black & Veatch. Since its launch in January 2019, New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions has installed over 150 smart chargers across North America.
New Flyer has been leading innovation in mobility for 90 years, and today supports growing North American cities with sustainable buses, technology, and infrastructure. It also operates the Vehicle Innovation Center, the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus and motor coach technology and providing essential workforce development through electric bus training, now available online. New Flyer is testing automated vehicle technology and remains committed to the development of technology standards that deliver safe, clean, sustainable, connected mobility options to communities.