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Winnipeg-based New Flyer announces order of 40 additional hybrid-electric buses

A Winnipeg-based bus manufacturer has inked a deal to build dozens of electric buses for a county in New York. Lisa Polewski / 900 CHML

Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries (NFI) — the largest bus manufacturer in North America — has inked a deal to build dozens of electric buses for a county in New York.

This week, NFI announced the deal with New York’s Westchester County to build 40 Xcelsior forty-foot hybrid-electric buses.

The new deal follows an original contract with the county for 66 buses announced earlier this year.

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New Flyer says it offers the widest range of zero-emission batteries and fuel cell-electric buses and coaches.

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“NFI continues to lead the way in low and zero-emission products and solutions to serve our customers,” said Paul Soubry, NFI’s president and chief executive officer.

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He said there are already more than 20,000 buses and coaches on the road in the U.S. and Canada and they are excited about the road ahead.

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The company says it has electric vehicles operating — or on order — in more than 80 cities in four countries.

New Flyer president Chris Stoddart says that the company’s hybrid-electric buses provide a better passenger experience through smoother acceleration, a quieter ride and improved air quality.

“Our hybrid transit buses offer immediate emissions reduction and bridge the gap between traditional internal combustion engines and zero-emission systems. With more than 170 hybrid buses delivered to Westchester County since 2009, New Flyer continues to support the county advance its commitment to sustainable transit,”

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