The Public Transit Department of Phoenix is ordering as many as 320 low-and-zero-emission buses from New Flyer Industries (NFI), the companies announced today.
The mass transit order for Arizona’s largest city initially includes six fuel cell-electric buses and 20 low-emission hybrid-electric buses for the PTD. Fuel cells can convert natural gas or hydrogen into electricity while hybrid is a combination of batteries and gasoline or diesel engines.
The two five-year contracts between NFI and PTD include options to purchase up to 160 fuel-cell electrics and 160 hybrids in buses. Altogether, NFI now has about 346 bus orders in its first-quarter backlog.
The Phoenix Mass Transit’s 2050 Transportation Electrification plan calls for fleet electricition across the routes through the region of the Valley Metro. The city’s Metro and NFI have a business relationship dating back three decades.
“Having delivered nearly 1,000 vehicles to PTD since 1994, we are honored to support its goal of transitioning to a 100% electric fleet by 2040,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, NFI, in a statement. “Our high-performance fuel cell-electric and hybrid-electric buses will support a smooth transition to sustainable mobility through high operational performance, maintenance savings, and improved air quality.”
The New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE FC is the hydrogen fuel cell-electric model, while the hybrid-electric buses offer a balance between combustion engine and zero-emission propulsion. The options promise to reduce both nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions.