New Flyer just announced that it received an order over 30 electric buses from Capital Metro Transportation Authority (CapMetro) in Austin, Texas.
New Flyer says this was the largest ever electric bus procurement in the US as this order could potentially lead to over 141 e-buses.
New Flyer will deliver 26 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG buses and four Xcelsior CHARGE NG buses first. T
he CapMetro contract further includes options to purchase up to 126 forty-foot and up to 15 sixty-foot battery-electric buses over the next five years and up to 427 chargers.
New Flyer did not disclose the order’s value but said it has worked with CapMetro for over 20 years.
CapMetro is Austin’s public transportation provider, delivering over 20 million annual trips. The award would advance CapMetro’s Project Connect, so Proterra, aiming to electrify the operator’s entire fleet of more than 400 transit vehicles – most of these are New Flyer ICE models.
“For over 20 years, NFI has propelled CapMetro’s expansion of safe, reliable, and accessible mobility in Austin, with 344 buses delivered since 1997,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach. “Project Connect is evolving CapMetro’s fleet toward cleaner, quieter, more sustainable mobility, and building a more livable Austin.”
New Flyer claims the Xcelsior CHARGE NG battery-electric buses deliver up to 525kWh of power and 250 miles of range on a single charge and, over a 12-year lifespan, offer up to $125,000 in maintenance savings and up to $400,000 in fuel savings.
“With this electric bus procurement, we are showing our dedication to a cleaner tomorrow.”– CapMetro President and CEO Randy Clarke
New Flyer and CapMetro will undertake a commemorative contract signing at next week’s American Public Transportation Association (APTA) TRANSform conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida.