Canadian Manufacturing

New Flyer to build as many as 180 CNG buses for Vancouver

Has delivered more than 1,100 buses to South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority since 1991



WINNIPEG—Canadian bus maker New Flyer Industries Inc. has won a deal to build as many as 180 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses for use in Metro Vancouver.

According to New Flyer, it landed the order from the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority—or TransLink—for 45 of its Xcelsior 40-foot heavy-duty CNG buses, with options for another 135 units through a pair of one-year option periods.

Financial details were not disclosed.

“We are proud to have the confidence of TransLink and excited for the opportunity to continue to grow our partnership with this upcoming build,” New Flyer president and chief executive Paul Soubry said in a statement.

According to Soubry, New Flyer last delivered CNG buses to TransLink in 2006.

“The technology associated with CNG buses have proved to be cost effective to operate and on par to maintain and drive when compared to traditional diesel buses,” said Doug Kelsey, TransLink’s chief operating officer.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with New Flyer as we add more of these vehicles to our fleet.”

New Flyer has delivered more than 1,100 buses to TransLink since 1991, including diesel, diesel-electric, electric and natural gas-powered models.

The 45 buses that make up the firm order are expected to be manufactured in the third quarter of 2014, and all are expected to be delivered by the first quarter of next year.

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