COTA orders eight additional electric buses from New Flyer

May 4, 2022
The eight additional buses will bring COTA’s electric bus fleet up to 10 as it eyes being diesel-free by 2025.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has exercised options on its two-year contract with New Flyer of America Inc. for eight battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 40-foot heavy-duty transit buses. The contract, which was signed in 2020, includes four ABB depot chargers from NFI Infrastructure Solutions™ to support the deployment.

COTA launched its first two electric buses into service in fall 2021; it currently has a fleet of 10 New Flyer electric buses. The agency has a goal to be diesel-free by 2025 with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“Since 2001, NFI has delivered over 165 transit buses to COTA. We are now are enabling its transition to zero-emission with high performance buses and infrastructure,” said Chris Stoddart, president, North American Bus and Coach. “Our Xcelsior CHARGE NG is our most advanced EV featuring a lightweight traction system, offering extended range, and incorporating up to 525kWh of power. Our mobility solutions are truly leading the ‘ZEvolution’ – and COTA is at the forefront of North America’s transition.”

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