New Flyer of America Inc. (New Flyer), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (NFI), has received a five-year contract from Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) for 15 zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 60-foot heavy duty transit buses and 54 clean-diesel Xcelsior® 60-foot buses. The contract includes options to purchase up to 88 additional 60-foot battery-electric or clean-diesel buses. In total, NFI will add 157 60-foot buses (314 EUs) to its backlog.
PRT is the second largest public transit agency in Pennsylvania, operating a fleet of 730 buses and providing more than 60 million annual passenger trips a year in the Pittsburgh area. In September 2022, PRT announced its plan to transition to a zero-emission bus fleet by 2045 to improve the health and safety of the area it serves.
Supported by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds, this order will spur PRT’s transition to a more sustainable fleet and replace vehicles that have reached the end of their lifespan with more efficient and reliable battery-electric and clean-diesel buses, delivering an enhanced passenger experience.
“Since 2011, NFI has delivered more than 130 vehicles to PRT, eight of which were battery-electric buses. NFI continues to deliver the most advanced transit technology available in North America,” said Chris Stoddart, president, NFI. “Designed on NFI’s Xcelsior platform, both electric and clean-diesel 60-foot buses share common parts, tooling and training, enabling PRT's smooth transition to a zero-emission fleet. Together with PRT, we are delivering safe, reliable, efficient and more sustainable mobility for the greater Pittsburgh community.”