New Flyer of America, the US subsidiary of New Flyer Industries (NFI), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, introduced the next generation of its battery-electric heavy duty transit bus: the Xcelsior CHARGE.
The Xcelsior CHARGE extended range configurations allow for up to 600 kWh battery capacity, delivering realistic transit ranges of more than 200 miles on a single charge based on Federal Transit Administration test protocol.
New Flyer first revealed its battery-electric Xcelsior design in 2011, unveiled a prototype in 2012, and delivered the first bus in 2014. Over the past five years, New Flyer conducted intensive research, development and testing to improve the design, performance, and technological advancement of the battery-electric Xcelsior bus, which is now introduced as the Xcelsior CHARGE available in 35-foot, 40-foot, and 60-foot-articulated bus rapid transit models.
The electric buses feature a Siemens PEM permanent magnet motor with direct drive that delivers 1,475 lb-ft (2,000 N·m) of torque and 19% grade capability. The CHARGE uses battery packs from XALT Energy or A123 Systems. Batteries are available in high-energy version for extended range or high-power for rapid on-route charging and continuous operations.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has ordered up to 100 Xcelsior CHARGE 60-foot buses.