NFI receives first order from Porterville Transit for three zero-emission buses

June 17, 2022
The agency joins 11 others in California purchasing New Flyer ZEBs.

New Flyer of America Inc. (New Flyer) has received a contract from Porterville Transit, operated by the city of Porterville, Calif., for three battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 35-foot heavy-duty transit buses, supported by a combination of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants and local funds. The agency becomes the 12th in California to purchase zero-emission buses (ZEBs) from the company. 

The order expands the agency’s fleet of alternative fuel vehicles to reduce emissions, outlined in its transit plan, while delivering on the California Air Resources Board’s Innovative Clean Transit regulation, requiring agencies to switch to 100 percent zero-emission bus fleets by 2040.  

“Built on NFI’s proven Xcelsior platform with over 16,000 buses delivered across North America, the Xcelsior CHARGE NG is our most advanced battery-electric bus,” said Chris Stoddart, president, North American Bus and Coach, NFI. “Providing up to 440kWh of energy and 220 miles of range on a single charge, our extended range buses will deliver clean, safe, and quiet sustainable transportation to the Porterville community.” 

Introduced in 2021, New Flyer says the Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ incorporates three distinct technology advancements, including high-energy batteries that extend range up to 13 percent, advanced protective battery packaging for easy install and simpler serviceability, and a new lightweight electric traction drive system with up to 90 percent energy recovery.