New Flyer’s Xcelsior EV bus to join Washington D.C. public transportation fleet

The Washington D.C. Metro Authority announced that it would be purchasing 95 new electric buses to be incorporated into its fleet as ICE buses are phased out.

Electrifying public transportation has become a huge focus in many parts of the world as countries look to reduce their carbon footprint, and Washington DC is one of many locations in the US doing the same. The Metro announced today that they would be investing in a new fleet of 40′ electric buses funded by the Federal Transit Administration, serving a majority of their 136 bus lines, no timeline for integration has been supplied as of now. This purchase by one of the largest public transportation authorities in the US could mark a quick shift to electric mobility within urban areas.

The electric buses are being supplied by New Flyer, an American business that has been “manufacturing zero-emission buses for 50 years,” according to their website, and along with their batteries, are made here in the US. The company boasts many of the benefits of their EV bus compared to diesel and hybrid diesel vehicles in their Xcelsior CHARGED bus brochure, stating that over the course of their 12 year lifespan, each of their buses will save customers $400,000 in fuel, $125,000 in maintenance costs, and will prevent 1,920 tons of carbon emission compared to a diesel bus or 1,320 tons compared to a hybrid diesel bus.

New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGED 40′ at charging station (Credit: New Flyer)

The bus also maintains capability parity with ICE counterparts. With quick charge stations placed in the road at bus stops, the bus can run continuously 24 hours a day, the bus has a range of 260mi via an enormous 545 kWh battery and has the same 82-person capacity as an ICE bus. People taking the bus can also enjoy the quietest interior noise level of any bus on the market while maintaining other amenities like AC and air suspension. Even those outside of the bus can enjoy the significantly reduced noise level compared to their ICE counterparts. Lastly, due to its comparative short 3.8 hour 0-100 percent charge time, it could soon be possible for the platform to be used in longer distance applications.

Readers of Teslarati likely already know the numerous benefits of electric mobility, but these more tangible benefits New Flyer has shown may soon push other metro areas to become not only sustainable, but more cost-effective.

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New Flyer’s Xcelsior EV bus to join Washington D.C. public transportation fleet

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