New Flyer Industries announced that Vancouver-based South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority has approved a firm order to purchase 45 Xcelsior ® 40-foot heavy-duty buses with options to purchase an additional 135, all powered by natural gas, through two single-year renewable option periods.
“The technology associated with CNG buses have proved to be cost effective to operate and on par to maintain and drive when compared to traditional diesel buses,” said Doug Kelsey, TransLink’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with New Flyer as we add more of these vehicles to our fleet.”
Since 1991 New Flyer has delivered over 1,100 buses for TransLink ranging from high floor to low floor models, and from 40-foot and 60-foot lengths and with numerous propulsion types. “2006 was the last time we delivered CNG buses to them and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to showcase our proven CNG expertise on our Xcelsior model for the first time for TransLink,” said Paul Soubry, New Flyer President and CEO.
The firm order for 45 buses are anticipated to be manufactured in the third quarter of 2014 and are all expected to be delivered by the first quarter of 2015.
Source: New Flyer