Toronto Transit orders 200-plus Hybrid-Electric Buses from NFI

April 19, 2022
The orders were placed through 2 four-year contracts with options for up to 263 more forty-foot buses and another 100 sixty-foot buses, respectively. The contract for the forty-foot buses also includes 600 options for other Ontario-based transit agencies

The Toronto Transit Commission has placed an order of 134 Xcelsior forty-foot hybrid-electric heavy-duty transit buses, and 68 Xcelsior sixty-foot hybrid-electric buses with New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc.

The orders were placed through 2 four-year contracts with options for up to 263 more forty-foot buses and another 100 sixty-foot buses, respectively. The contract for the forty-foot buses also includes 600 options for other Ontario-based transit agencies.

These agencies can use these options to purchase electric buses for their operations in an expedited procurement process.

The buses will have BAE Systems’ next-generation Modular Accessory Power System and intelligent geo-fencing technology. The Modular Accessory Power System ensures good performance and a light-weight design. The geo-fencing technology will switch to the zero-emission electric mode on entering certain areas.

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The hybrid-electric buses bridge the transition to zero-emission propulsion, reducing fuel costs, maintenance costs, NOx emissions by 50% and particulate matter level by 100%.

“With these new buses, NFI adds the ability to meet green zone regulations through intermittent zero-emission operation, and ultimately, is helping accelerate TTC’s transition to zero-emission and building a more livable GTA,” Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, said.

He added that under the partnership between NFI and the TTC that started from 1968, NFI has delivered nearly 1,000 vehicles, including 25 battery-electric buses.