New Flyer Industries Inc. has delivered the first dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) public transit buses using the new Xcelsior Platform to Culver City Bus in California. The Xcelsior buses are lighter-weight, more fuel-efficient and quieter than their predecessors.
The order for twenty low-floor Xcelsior (XN40) buses was placed using options from another US transit agency for a total purchase price of approximately US$11 million.
Culver CityBus collaborated with New Flyer to install the first all-electric HVAC system in the CNG powered Xcelsior as well as all electric engine cooling systems, further improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.
New Flyer completes delivery of the buses in June 2012. The last purchase of heavy-duty transit buses by the Culver CityBus was in 2009—and was also with New Flyer. These twenty Xcelsior buses replace twenty 1998 CNG buses. Culver CityBus currently operates 52 transit buses in their fleet with all of them being CNG-powered and manufactured by New Flyer.
Culver CityBus operates seven routes, serving more than 5 million riders annually with a service area encompassing 25.5 square miles, which includes the communities of Venice, Westchester, Westwood, West Los Angeles, Palms, Marina Del Rey, Rancho Park, Mar Vista, Century City, and Culver City.