New Flyer Delivers Pair of Electric Buses to Chicago Transit Authority

New Flyer's all-battery-electric buses are equipped with 300 kwh of energy storage delivering a range of up to 120 miles on a single charge.

Published: 05-Nov-2014

New Flyer Industries, Inc. (“New Flyer” or the “Company”), the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States and Canada, announced today that the Xcelsior® XE40 battery-electric heavy-duty transit bus has entered into regular transit service with the Chicago Transit Authority (“CTA’).

CTA’s two (2) battery-electric buses were delivered earlier this year as part of a contract awarded to New Flyer in June 2012. CTA will operate these battery-electric buses on six routes throughout Chicago, offering their passengers a cleaner, quieter ride and enjoying fuel and maintenance savings.

While CTA’s electric buses are the first New Flyer XE40 heavy-duty transit buses to enter into regular transit service, an earlier prototype bus has undergone all-weather service testing in Winnipeg, Canada and has been operating in shuttle service since March 2014.

The CTA battery-electric buses are equipped with 300 kwh of energy storage providing a range of up to 120 miles on a single charge. The buses feature a Siemens electric drive system, as well as electric subsystems and accessories currently used on New Flyer’s Xcelsior XDE40 diesel-electric hybrid bus.
“We’re extremely excited and proud that CTA has joined us on our zero-emission technology journey,” said Paul Soubry, New Flyer President and Chief Executive Officer. “We took a very calculated approach when we decided to enter into battery-electric bus technology, knowing how important reliability and up-time is to our customers. The XE40 builds on our proven Xcelsior bus and introduces electric propulsion technology that has been successfully demonstrated in other areas of the transportation industry.”

As with all New Flyer buses, the XE40 is delivered with New Flyer’s commitment to lifetime customer care, which includes a comprehensive product warranty, maintenance and operations training, spare parts and an extensive network of in-service support professionals.

About New Flyer

New Flyer ( is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States and Canada. The Company is the industry technology leader and offers the broadest product line of transit buses including drive systems powered by: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, electric trolley and now, battery-electric. All buses are supported by an industry-leading comprehensive warranty and support program, and service network. New Flyer also operates the industry's most sophisticated aftermarket parts organization, sourcing parts from hundreds of different suppliers and providing support for all types of transit buses.

The New Flyer group of companies employ over 3,000 team members with manufacturing, fabrication, parts distribution and service centers in both Canada and the United States. Over 32,000 New Flyer and NABI heavy-duty transit buses are in operation today.

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