New Flyer is the first company to offer two fuel cell-electric models eligible for federal funding
NFI Group, the largest bus manufacturer in North America, has unveiled the Xcelsior CHARGE H2 – its fuel cell-electric heavy-duty transit bus – and announced that both the 40-foot and 60-foot model have successfully completed the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Model Bus Testing Programme at Altoona, Pennsylvania.
This makes the Xcelsior CHARGE H2 the first 60-foot fuel cell-electric bus to complete Altoona, and establishes New Flyer as the only manufacturer to offer both a 40-foot and 60-foot fuel cell-electric model that qualifies for federal funding.
The Xcelsior CHARGE H2 are vehicles that use environmentally-friendly hydrogen and fuel-cell technology to create electricity and charge batteries for extended-range zero-emission transit operations, saving 85-175 tonnes of greenhouse gas per year from tailpipe emissions compared to a traditional diesel bus.
With a range of up to 300 miles, the bus can be refuelled in 6-20 minutes depending on the model and operating conditions, and requires no overnight plug-in electrical re-charging.
The Xcelsior CHARGE H2 also features regenerative braking while decelerating, which recharges the batteries and reduces energy consumption for extending range. The only tailpipe output is clean water vapour.
New Flyer has over 50 years of experience manufacturing zero-emission buses (ZEBs). It introduced its next-generation battery-electric bus, the Xcelsior CHARGE in 2017. With the addition of the Xcelsior CHARGE H2, New Flyer offers the most diverse lineup of commercially available zero-emission transit buses in North America, and remains the only North American manufacturer to provide all three types of ZEB propulsion systems: trolley-electric, all battery-electric, and fuel cell electric.
New Flyer is currently delivering 25 Xcelsior CHARGE H2 fuel cell-electric buses to three transit agencies as part of California Climate Investments (CCI). CCI is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households.
New Flyer also continues to partner with the Centre for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and CALSTART on programmes to advance electric bus commercialisation.