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Published on February 9th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan


New Flyer Completes 1,800 Electric Bus Passenger Rides, 1,150 Miles

February 9th, 2016 by  

Smoothly traveling 1,150 miles, New Flyer has completed 1,800 electric bus passenger rides, and 11 in-service demonstrations in Miami–Dade County, Florida.

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New Flyer busI recently enjoyed a ride on the New Flyer XcelsiorÆ Electric Bus, a zero-emissions bus, with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, which is collaborating with the Sierra Club on demos of future bus investments. This bus is what the world needs now and 100,000+ more! It is comfy and smooth, which makes it perfect for urban bus routes. Our stop in St. Petersburg was after a two-week demonstration, which concluded on January 21, of different service routes throughout Miami–Dade County.

The Sierra Club’s Florida Healthy Air Campaign was active through this, bringing the bus my way (St. Petersburg) before on to the next stop, San Francisco.

Regarding its core demonstration arena, New Flyer writes, “New Flyer provided Miami-Dade Transit performance reports from New Flyer Connect®, a combination of onboard telematics systems used to gauge and manage operational efficiency. Using the Connect system, the New Flyer Xcelsior XE40 battery-electric bus reported up to 23.8 diesel equivalent miles per gallon in energy consumption (equating to 1.6 kWh per mile).”

Miami–Dade Transit is actually larger than all but 14 public transit system in the USA. It’s the largest transit agency in Florida.

“The Xcelsior battery-electric bus features a Siemens electric drive system and proven electric subsystems with electric drive motor technology permitting the bus to cut the energy consumed while driving, and increase the energy recovered during braking,” New Flyer adds. Similar to all the fine-tuned, technologically gifted EVs on the road today, such as the Nissan LEAF, the BMW i3, and Teslas, the New Flyer buses look like fun to drive. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that close of an experience on the tour I took.

“We are very excited by the favorable feedback we received from Miami-Dade County and the community transit riders,” said Paul Soubry, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Flyer. “New Flyer is exceptionally proud of our long history of building best in class buses and the XE40 battery-electric bus is a next natural evolution of our tried and true Xcelsior platform.”

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  • neroden

    Do we have reports on the Winnipeg run? That’s going to be more significant.

  • ROBwithaB

    Photos of the inside of the bus are cool and all, but they’re just photos of the inside of a bus. Could be any bus, powered by diesel, fairy dust or hamster wheels.
    I suppose what I’m trying to say is that I’d be a bit more interested in the actual workings of the electrical system. And maybe some data on costs.
    I’m trying to understand why electric buses have not become more commonplace.

  • cynthia Irene

    Good ideas. Thanks. And thanks to the Sierra Club for all they do trying to get transit systems to buy all electric. Chatting with the company’s driver who was from the cold north, I remarked about the comfortable seats. He explained that most often transit systems do not opt for the comfortable seats due to wear and tear and vandalism. Very disappointing considering that the average rider does not vandalise and deserves comfort for the price of the ride.

  • onesecond

    I hate Diesel busses. They scream at you while they are blowing their exhausts in your face. They can’t go soon enough.

  • Sreehari Variar

    It’ll be nice if Tesla can kick start the whole thing by doing a bus platform side project on which other body builders can build on.

    • That is a great idea. They have their hands quite full but I am constantly amazed at how much they are able to accomplish in such a short period of time. I think partners will have trouble matching their level of innovation. I hope it is contagious.

  • Chris_in_Raleigh

    Fortunately, there seems to be quite a few electric bus manufacturers now. An article that compares them (range, passenger capacity, sales volumes, price, etc.) would be interesting too.

  • JamesWimberley

    Yet another exercise in toe-dipping. Wake me up when somebody orders 100.

    • jeffhre

      99 more to go! Miami-Dade: You scared Bro!

    • Frank

      If you could even call it that. How about ordering a handful of different types and running them in sevice for a year.

      I would love to see a comprehensive article on electric buses in use in the US.

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