RTS Expands New York’s Zero-Emission Fleet

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New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., an independent bus manufacturer, has a new contract with the Regional Transit Service Inc. (RTS) in Rochester, N.Y., for 10 40-foot, zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses, with an option to purchase up to 20 additional buses over the five-year term of the contract.

The buses will help RTS achieve its vision of being the innovative mobility choice, while providing a more customer focused transit experience. With no tailpipe emissions, the Xcelsior CHARGE buses will commence a more efficient chapter of mobility for the greater Rochester area, notes the company.

“As a longstanding partner to RTS, New Flyer looks forward to evolving zero-emission mobility and improving public transit in the greater Rochester area,” says Chris Stoddart, president of New Flyer. “With the most electric buses on the road in America, New Flyer will leverage deep experience in zero-emission buses, infrastructure, and technology to help RTS eliminate emissions and improve the transit experience.”

RTS is a regional transportation authority established by New York State, serving Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne and Wyoming counties. It provides nearly 16 million trips per year.

New Flyer has more than 50 years of experience in manufacturing zero-emission buses. In 2018, New Flyer became the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities and the first to join the Charging Interface Initiative to support industry charging standards for all electric vehicles.

Photo: Xcelsior CHARGE electric bus

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