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New Flyer Receives Orders for Up to 580 Buses, Including Gasoline and Diesel Hybrids, CNG and Diesel

20 December 2005

New Flyer Industries has won orders for up to 580 new buses, including option conversions, which total up to US $210 Million.

The orders span a variety of platforms—including 40-foot and 60-foot buses with diesel, diesel-electric hybrid, gasoline-electric hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG) propulsion systems—and are from existing and first-time customers.

A summary of the orders by platform follows:

  • Diesel: 242 buses, 155 on option

    • The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in Boston, MA approved the purchase of a base quantity of 155 40-foot low-floor diesel buses with assignable options for an additional 155 buses.

    • The Fairfax County Department of Transportation in Fairfax, VA has ordered 36 40-foot low-floor diesel buses.

    • The Metropolitan Council and Metro Transit in Minneapolis, MN have ordered 15 60-foot high-floor and 36 40-foot low-floor diesel buses.

  • Diesel Hybrid: 55 buses, 55 on option

    • The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, NV has ordered a base quantity of 15 40-foot low-floor diesel-electric buses with assignable options for an additional 15.

    • The City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services in Honolulu, HI has ordered a base quantity of 40 40-foot diesel-electric buses with assignable options for an additional 40.

  • Gasoline Hybrid: 8 buses

    • South Coast Area Transit in Oxnard, CA has ordered eight 40-foot gasoline-electric low-floor buses.

  • CNG: 65 buses

    • Valley Metro in Phoenix, AZ has ordered 53 40-foot CNG buses.

    • Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) in Fort Worth, TX has ordered 12 40-foot low-floor compressed natural gas buses.

The above contracts are in addition to New Flyer’s recently-announced orders from TransLink, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority, for up to 95 40-foot, compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty buses (a contract value of up to US $33 Million) and from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for 50 40-foot diesel-electric heavy-duty buses (a contract value of US $26 Million).

For its diesel hybrids, New Flyer uses the GM-Allison two-mode compound split parallel hybrid Ep40 system combined with a Cummins or Caterpillar diesel engine. These are the buses currently deployed in Seattle in one of the largest hybrid fleets extant. (Earlier post.)

In its gasoline hybrid, New Flyer uses ISE’s ThunderVolt gasoline-electric series hybrid system, which consists of an ultra-low emission Ford V-10 gasoline engine, Siemens ELFA electric motors and generators and a Thunderpack II ultracapacitor-based energy storage system. (Earlier post.)

The CNG buses use Cummins C-Gas+ or Detroit Diesel engines.

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Can anyone comment on why transit systems are still buying the GM-Allison Diesel parallel hybrid? Seattle and other operators have reported no benefit in fuel economy or reliability for this design versus conventional Diesels, and that is it noticeably worse than the BAE Diesel series hybrid.

Can anyone comment on why transit systems are still buying the GM-Allison Diesel parallel hybrid? Operators in Seattle and elsewhere have reported no benefit in fuel economy or reliability for this design versus conventional Diesels, and that is it noticeably worse than the BAE Diesel series hybrid.

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