Ohio’s COTA orders 8 more battery-electric buses and infrastructure from NFI

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which provides public transit in the greater Columbus and central Ohio region, has exercised options for eight battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG 40-foot heavy-duty transit buses from New Flyer of America, a subsidiary of the NFI Group. The order also includes four ABB depot chargers from NFI Infrastructure Solutions.

Supported by Federal Transit Administration  funds, the order will expand COTA’s zero-emission fleet to ten New Flyer electric buses, and advance the agency’s plan to be diesel-free by 2025.

Introduced in 2021, the Xcelsior CHARGE NG bus incorporates new batteries that extend range up to 13% compared to the previous model, protective battery packaging designed to offer easy installation and simpler serviceability, and a new lightweight electric drive system that delivers up to 90% energy recovery.

“Since 2001, NFI has delivered over 165 transit buses to COTA. We are now are enabling its transition to zero-emission with high performance buses and infrastructure,” said Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach. “Our Xcelsior CHARGE NG is our most advanced EV, featuring a lightweight traction system, offering extended range, and incorporating up to 525 kWh of [energy storage].”

Source: New Flyer