NFI Group Inc has announced that its subsidiary New Flyer of America Inc. has received a new contract from San Mateo County Transit for 10 next generation, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG fort-foot heavy-duty transit buses.  

The order includes 20 ABB 150kWh plug-in chargers, project coordination, and commissioning by NFI Infrastructure Solutions to support the zero-emission bus deployment in San Mateo County. This order was included in NFI’s 2022 Q2 backlog.  

SamTrans provides transportation services in San Mateo County and parts of San Francisco and Palo Alto, California, delivering nearly nine million bus rides annually on 70 bus routes. 

The order was supported by Federal Transit Administration funds, and follows SamTrans’ 2021 purchase of seven Xcelsior CHARGE NG forty-foot buses and propels the agency’s Sustainability Policy.  

The purchase also advances fulfillment of the California Air Resources Board’s (“CARB”) Innovative Clean Transit regulation, requiring agencies to transition bus fleets to 100% zero-emission by 2040. 

“SamTrans is one of ten California agencies to rely on our advanced battery-electric bus and infrastructure solutions to enable the transition to zero emission at scale,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, NFI.  

“Since 1980, NFI has delivered 263 buses to SamTrans, providing safe and efficient transportation in the region. Today, the agency expands its fleet of Xcelsior CHARGE NG buses, which deliver immediate greenhouse gas reduction, extended range, and enhanced energy recovery.” 

Introduced in 2021, the Xcelsior CHARGE NG bus incorporates three distinct technology advancements, including high-energy batteries that extend range up to 13%, advanced protective battery packaging for easy install and simpler serviceability, and a new lightweight electric traction drive system with up to 90% energy recovery.  

New Flyer’s zero-emission deployments are supported by NFI Infrastructure Solutions, providing safe and reliable infrastructure services for smart, sustainable mobility projects with over 280 chargers installed to date.