MCI Delivers Its First Zero-Emission J4500 CHARGE™ Coaches

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (NFI), recently announced it has delivered its first battery-electric J4500 coaches in North America, with two battery-electric, zero-emission J4500 CHARGE™ 45-foot coaches going to a California Bay Area operator.

“The battery-electric, zero-emission luxury coaches feature spacious interiors with industry-leading legroom, and will complement clean-diesel models in the California Bay Area employee shuttle market,” according to an MCI press release.

“MCI is proud to deliver our first battery-electric J4500 CHARGE coaches to a growing market that continues to advance employee transportation, making commuter shuttle service even more environmentally friendly, inviting, and comfortable,” MCI Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Brent Maitland said. “The employee shuttle market is an excellent application for MCI’s EVs, as their range covers the length of the shuttle service routes, and the routes do not require a large amount of baggage bay space.

“MCI has rigorously tested the J4500 CHARGE coach for this business segment throughout locations in the U.S. and Canada, to ensure its high performance for our customers.”
Introduced in 2021, the J4500 CHARGE™ is a zero-emission version of the MCI J series tour and charter luxury coach. Powered by American-made, high-energy batteries, the J4500 CHARGE™ leverages EV technology from New Flyer, and delivers a range of over 230 miles (544 kWh) on a single charge.

“All MCI battery-electric coaches incorporate advanced EV technology, including enhanced regeneration for energy recovery and greater efficiency, a smooth-riding suspension and a high-torque electric drive system for efficient performance at highway speeds,” according to the release. “Designed for long-distance applications, MCI electric coaches deliver plug-in battery charging to 100 percent, in 4 hours or less.”

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