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New Flyer strikes two EV deals

New Flyer will become the first company outside Volvo to join OppCharge in America

Canadian bus maker New Flyer has made new announcements about its electric vehicle operations.

Firstly, New Flyer, along with subsidiaries of NFI Group Inc., the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, have joined OppCharge, the global initiative to support interoperable charging systems for EVs.

This commitment makes New Flyer the first licensee outside the Volvo Group to join OppCharge in America. It also continues New Flyer’s active participation in and support of global charging standards for electric buses and coaches, for both en-route and depot charging options.

OppCharge interface is a solution driven by Volvo Bus Corporation and several other stakeholders, with the OppCharge Trademark owned by Volvo Bus Corporation.

In 2018, New Flyer joined CharIN to support industry charging standards for all electric vehicles, shortly after becoming the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities and also celebrating the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium’s (CUTRIC) launch of the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial – the world’s first multi-manufacturer interoperability demonstration for fast-charge electric buses – of which New Flyer was a contributing member.

OppCharge was established to create a common interface for direct current (DC) high-power charging for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. The OppCharge system uses an overhead pantograph to transfer power to the bus, utilising technology developed for train, light rail, and trolley-bus applications.

It is available on New Flyer’s zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE bus in 35-, 40-, and 60-foot models.

New Flyer also announced that its Canadian subsidiary New Flyer Canada ULC, the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, received a contract for 40 40-foot, zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses from Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and the Société de transport de Laval (STL).

New Flyer bid successfully against two competitors, confirming its position as now serving all 25 of the largest transit agencies in North America.

The notice to proceed for the pilot bus is expected October 31, 2018, and the notice to proceed for the production buses is expected following the nine-month review of the pilot bus.

The new order, supported by funding from provincial and federal governments, includes 10 buses for STL and 30 buses for STM, together making it the largest ever Canadian battery-electric bus procurement to date. The purchase furthers efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by exploring unique electric mobility solutions to create more livable cities.
Currently, both agencies operate battery-electric bus pilot programmes, and intend to be fully electric in future with STL and STM committing to buy only electric buses as of 2023 and 2025, respectively.

The buses will use depot-based charging to slow-charge the buses, with 466-kWh batteries on board.

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