Allison Transmission, New Flyer partner to bring electric hybrid buses to Nevada

Feb. 16, 2022
Later this year, Southern Nevada Transit Coalition will introduce Allison’s next generation eGen Flex into its fleet, offering electric-only capability.

Allison Transmission has delivered its Allison electric hybrid-equipped buses to Southern Nevada Transit Coalition, a public transportation system in Laughlin, NVNev. 

New Flyer integrated Allison’s H 40 EPTM electric hybrid propulsion system into these new buses, which were put into service following a ribbon cutting ceremony last week. Allison says its H 40 EP electric hybrid system improves fuel consumption by up to 25 percent versus a conventional diesel bus and reduces CO2 emissions, helping to protect the environment. 

“We are proud to partner with Allison to integrate the revolutionary eGen Flex solution into our buses,” said Mike Jackson, director of maintenance, Southern Nevada Transit Coalition. “We’re pleased with the fuel and emissions savings as well as the proven and differentiated reliability Allison’s H 40 EP system has provided our fleet. Allison’s eGen Flex solution will enable us to expand the full electric capabilities of our buses, reducing noise and emissions in the communities we serve, while avoiding significant capital infrastructure investments.” 

Later this year, Allison’s next generation eGen Flex electric hybrid propulsion system will be integrated into two new Southern Nevada Transit Coalition buses. In addition to the benefits provided by the H 40 EP system, the eGen FlexTM electric hybrid system can travel in electric-only mode for up to 10 miles or 50 minutes before converting back to diesel propulsion. This electric-only mode can be utilized multiple times per route and per day. This propulsion solution also eliminates engine emissions and noise while loading and unloading passengers, in dense pedestrian areas and in zero emission zones and bus depots. 

“Allison’s electric hybrid solutions provide fleets with full electric capability when required, as well as the ability to operate in electric hybrid mode when needed for longer routes, unplanned congestion or extended recharge intervals,” said Rohan Barua, vice president, North America sales, Global Channel and Aftermarket at Allison Transmission. “As transit agencies plan for a more sustainable future, Allison eGen Flex electric hybrids are a viable, reliable option that enable fleets to reduce emissions, and improve the ridership experience right now.” 

New Flyer’s 40-foot buses, equipped with eGen Flex are slated for production in the coming months and are expected to launch into service by Southern Nevada Transit Coalition in late 2022. Laughlin is a tourist destination well known for its casinos. The buses will primarily operate on a 17-mile route transporting casino employees from the residential area of Laughlin to and from work each day.