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San Francisco Bay Area’s AC Transit orders an additional 20 fuel cell-electric buses from NFI

Supported by Federal Transit Administration funds, the order follows AC Transit’s 2019 purchase of ten hydrogen fuel cell-electric and five battery-electric buses from NFI.

June 14, 2021  by CM Staff

WINNIPEG — NFI Group Inc., an independent bus and coach manufacturer and company involved in electric mass mobility solutions, announced that the Alameda Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) has awarded NFI subsidiary New Flyer of America Inc. (New Flyer) an order for 20 zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell-electric 40-foot Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ heavy-duty transit buses. The purchase was made through California’s State Cooperative Procurement, which New Flyer was selected for.

Supported by Federal Transit Administration funds, the order follows AC Transit’s 2019 purchase of ten hydrogen fuel cell-electric and five battery-electric buses from NFI, and demonstrably advances AC Transit’s Clean Corridors Plan (a commitment to operate a 25% zero-emission fleet by 2023) and ultimately its implementation of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Innovative Clean Transit Regulation that requires all California agencies to transition to zero-emission bus fleets by 2040.

“Since 1980, NFI has delivered over 740 buses to AC Transit, and we are pleased to continue expanding zero-emission mobility in the greater San Francisco Bay Area through this follow-on order,” said Paul Soubry, President and Chief Executive Officer, NFI.

“With more Xcelsior CHARGE H2 fuel cell buses in its fleet, AC Transit can count on proven range performance, cleaner transportation, reduced noise pollution, and elimination of greenhouse gases – with buses that produce only clean water vapor from the tailpipe,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer and MCI.

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NFI also operates the VIC, an innovation lab dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology and providing workforce development.