New Flyer of America Inc. (bus and coach manufacturer and a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc) today (4th October) has announced receiving an order for five hydrogen-powered buses from the Golden Empire Transit District (GET bus).
The five forty-foot fuel cell-electric Xcelsior Charge H2™ heavy-duty transit buses are purchased off of the California Department of General Services (CDGS) contract and follow the last year GET bus purchase of five forty-foot fuel cell electric Xcelsior Charge H2 buses.
The CDGS contract simplifies potential future bus procurement for California local government agencies for up to five years. Both orders were supported by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and state funds.
The Xcelsior Charge H2™ is a battery-electric vehicle using compressed hydrogen as an energy source and range extender, requiring only 6-20 minutes of refuelling. Built on New Flyer’s Xcelsior platform, the buses can save 85 to 135 tonnes of greenhouse gas annually from tailpipe emissions compared to a diesel bus.
Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, said, “Since 2005, we have delivered over 110 buses to GET bus, and, now, our fuel cell-electric technology will improve community livability with proven range, improved air quality, and quieter transportation.”
GET bus is the mass transportation provider in Bakersfield, California, transporting more than six million passengers yearly.
Previously, in June this year, San Francisco Bay Area’s AC Transit ordered an additional 20 fuel cell buses from New Flye through California’s State Cooperative Procurement.