New Flyer Unveils its Most Advanced EV Bus for Urban Markets: the Lighter, Efficient, Longer Range Xcelsior CHARGE NG™

Xcelsior CHARGE NG

New Flyer’s zero-emission transit bus delivers better energy recovery, more passenger  capacity, simplified design, waterproof battery packaging, and better system durability 

St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA – March 15, 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 unveiled its next-generation battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ heavy-duty transit bus, built on the proven Xcelsior® platform. 

Based on North America’s first low-floor transit bus introduced by New Flyer in 1991, the Xcelsior was launched in 2009, with over 16,000 delivered to date. Having surpassed 4.5 million service miles with its battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE™ and fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE H2™  buses, New Flyer applied the best of zero-emission design, performance, research, and ingenuity to develop its newest electric bus. 

New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ incorporates three distinct technology advancements to deliver a high-performance bus, including next-generation high energy batteries that extend range up to 13%, advanced protective battery packaging designed for easy install and simpler serviceability, and a new lightweight electric traction drive system with up to 90% energy recovery. 

“The Xcelsior CHARGE NG harnesses the best technology on the market. It includes a  streamlined design that reduces maintenance, increases energy density, and improves energy recovery while significantly reducing weight – offering a lighter, more energy-efficient, and longer-range electric bus,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer, and MCI. “As EV demand continues to build, so too has our innovation. With better manufacturability, higher energy recovery, fewer  parts, and improved system durability, our Xcelsior CHARGE NG is a high-performance bus that is more sustainable and easier to maintain.” 

New Flyer manufactures its own batteries in its bus production facilities. The battery packaging,  developed by New Flyer, utilizes single waterproof enclosure design and offers weight reduction and simpler maintenance, decreasing the number of parts by 90%. Its streamlined approach also allows technicians to simply “plug in” or “unplug” individual battery packs, significantly reducing bus downtime and allowing easy replacement as needed in the future. 

High energy, long-range batteries utilize an active liquid cooling system to maintain temperature and respond quickly to increases in power demand and environmental loads. The batteries are also better insulated, lending optimal temperature maintenance, prolonged battery life, and greater power efficiency. Finally, the Siemens ELFA 3 traction system delivers up to 90% energy recovery and weighs 69% less than ELFA 2, allowing greater passenger capacity and lending more efficient design through compact inverters and embedded drive controllers. 

“Millions of people count on us every day, whether for reaching their destinations or expecting the highest quality from our technology,” said Jennifer McNeill, Vice President of Public Sector Sales and Marketing. “This is why, alongside vehicle technology advancements, we have evolved our manufacturing and field services processes to ensure a safe, reliable, scalable approach to be 

ready for tomorrow’s growing electric bus demand today. In turn, we also enhanced training for  our teams and those of transit agencies across North America; enabling EV adoption while  supporting continuous workforce development to drive the new mobility era.” 

To provide workforce development on Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ technologies, New Flyer will host a no-cost virtual training session on May 26, 2021, through the Vehicle Innovation Center (“VIC”).  To register for the VIC session or to learn more about the Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ battery-electric bus, visit  

New Flyer has been leading innovation in mobility for 90 years, and today continues to lead the  North American evolution to zero-emission with sustainable buses, technology, and comprehensive infrastructure through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, which provides safe and reliable infrastructure services for sustainable mobility projects. For information on infrastructure services, visit

Alongside MCI, New Flyer also operates the VIC, the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus technology and providing essential workforce development through electric bus training, now available online. For information on the VIC, visit

About NFI  

Leveraging 450 years of combined experience, NFI is leading the electrification of mass mobility  around the world. With zero-emission buses and coaches, infrastructure, and technology, NFI  meets today’s urban demands for scalable smart mobility solutions. Together, NFI is enabling  more livable cities through connected, clean, and sustainable transportation. 

With 8,000 team members in ten countries, NFI is a leading global bus manufacturer of mass  mobility solutions under the brands New Flyer®(heavy-duty transit buses), MCI®(motor coaches),  Alexander Dennis Limited (single and double-deck buses), Plaxton (motor coaches), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), and NFI Parts™. NFI currently offers the widest  range of sustainable drive systems available, including zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and  fuel cell), natural gas, electric hybrid, and clean diesel. In total, NFI supports its installed base of  over 105,000 buses and coaches around the world. NFI common shares are traded on the  Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information is available at,,,, and

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