New Flyer Industries Canada ULC and New Flyer of America Inc.—subsidiaries of NFI Group Inc., the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America—have joined the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN e.V. or CharIN) as a core member.
CharIN’s mission is to promote Combined Charging Systems (CCS) as the standard for all types of battery-electric vehicles.
New Flyer’s Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC) in Anniston, Alabama, opened in October 2017, is the first and only facility of its kind in North America focused on advancing bus and coach technology through interactive learning and collaboration. The VIC offers the opportunity to participate in CCS charging demonstrations and innovation exhibits from Siemens, ABB, and ChargePoint.
New Flyer engineers actively participate in Society of Automotive Engineer (SAE) Task Force committees, making New Flyer one of the original entities to spearhead SAE heavy-duty charging standards to support interoperability and to help reduce barriers to adopting zero-emission transit buses. CCS connectors supported by CharIN are based on SAE J1772 and SAE J3068 standards, now emerging as the preferred connector implementation for interoperable, high power charging of heavy duty transit vehicles in North America.
New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric buses utilize direct current (DC) plug-in chargers equipped with CCS Type 1 connectors. Chargers from New Flyer are fully capable of charging other makes and models of transit buses, commercial trucks, and cars.