New Flyer introduces Xcelsior CHARGE NG™

March 16, 2021
The new electric bus features extended range, lighter weight battery packaging and improved energy recovery.

New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., unveiled its Xcelsior CHARGE NG™, the newest iteration of its Xcelsior platform that was originally introduced in 2009.

New Flyer says it “applied the best of zero-emission design, performance, research and ingenuity” in the development of battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™.

“The Xcelsior CHARGE NG harnesses the best technology on the market. It includes a streamlined design that reduces maintenance, increases energy density and improves energy recovery while significantly reducing weight – offering a lighter, more energy efficient and longer-range electric bus,” said Chris Stoddart, president, New Flyer and MCI. “As EV demand continues to build, so too has our innovation. With better manufacturability, higher energy recovery, fewer parts and improved system durability, our Xcelsior CHARGE NG is a high-performance bus that is more sustainable and easier to maintain.”

The Xcelsior CHARGE NG will be available in 35-foot, 40-foot and 60-foot models with total passenger capacity of up to 88. The bus is capable of on-route charging or plug-in charging.

New Flyer explains the new bus has a trio of notable advancements, including a new generation of batteries that extend range up to 13 percent. The batteries utilize an active liquid cooling system to maintain temperature and are also better insulated, lending optimal temperature maintenance, prolonged battery life and greater power efficiency.

The new generation of batteries are housed in packaging developed by New Flyer to be lighter weight and easier to maintain. New Flyer has reduced the number of service parts from 250 to 50, which is a 90 percent reduction. The battery enclosure is also waterproof and protected from dust intrusion.

The third advancement is the inclusion of the Siemens ELFA 3 traction system, which New Flyer says delivers up to 90 percent energy recovery and weighs 69 percent less than ELFA 2, allowing greater passenger capacity and lending more efficient design through compact inverters and embedded drive controllers.

“Millions of people count on us every day, whether for reaching their destinations or expecting the highest quality from our technology,” said Jennifer McNeill, vice president of Public Sector Sales and Marketing. “This is why, alongside vehicle technology advancements, we have evolved our manufacturing and field services processes to ensure a safe, reliable, scalable approach to be ready for tomorrow’s growing electric bus demand today. In turn, we also enhanced training for our teams and those of transit agencies across North America; enabling EV adoption while supporting continuous workforce development to drive the new mobility era.”

New Flyer will host a no cost virtual training session on May 26, 2021, through the Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC) on the new bus. To register for the VIC session, visit

This is the third product launch for NFI Group since late January 2021 and follows the release of the group’s first fully operational heavy-duty automated transit bus, the Xcelsior AV™, and the launch of the Equess CHARGE™ from ARBOC Specialty Vehicles.

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.