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California’s SunLine orders five New Flyer FCEV buses

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Five Xcelsior FCEV buses to be trialled by Riverside metro operator SunLine

Riverside, California transport operator SunLine Transit Agency has placed an order for five New Flyer Xcelsior forty-foot fuel cell-electric transit buses to add to its fleet.

As part of an order backed by the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Low Carbon Transportation and Air Quality Improvement Program, and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No-Emission (Low-No) fund, SunLine will also upgrade its on-site hydrogen generation to support fleet refuelling.

The buses will be tested over one full year of revenue service, and measured in terms of environmental impact and sustainability against existing buses.

SunLine Transit Agency provides public bus service in the Coachella Valley and Riverside-Downtown areas of California, and moves over 3.5 million passengers per year.

The contract award follows a similar order placed by Oregon’s TriMet transport operator for five Xcelsior battery-electric models in October. New Flyer says its Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric, 60-foot heavy-duty transit buses offer up to 230 miles of range on a single charge and are available with packs from 100 kWh to 885 kWh.

The CHARGE’s FCEV variant is powered by a Ballard fuel cell, although it also has substantial on-board battery capacity too. According to New Flyer, the forty-foot variant contains the equivalent of 700kWh from 37.5kg of hydrogen, or 1,100kWh from 60 kg of hydrogen in the case of the larger sixty foot model.


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