New Flyer Is Partner Of Choice Involving Grant Awards

NFI Group Inc. (NFI), an independent bus and coach manufacturer and provider of electric mass mobility solutions, has announced that its subsidiary, New Flyer of America Inc. (New Flyer), is the partner of choice in over $207 million in competitive grant awards through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) 2023 Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) and Buses and Bus Facilities (BBF) programs.

This is New Flyer’s best Low-No and BBF performance to date and shows significant improvement over the $41 million in grants from 2021 and the nearly $200 million in grants from 2022.

“New Flyer’s success with Low-No and BBF grants demonstrates the confidence and trust that transit agencies have in our ability to enable their transition to low- and zero-emission mobility,” Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, NFI, said. “New Flyer’s unique ability to deliver multiple propulsion systems on the same bus platform provides transit agencies with the most available low- and no- emission options of any bus manufacturer. With the consistent growth of funding for these FTA grant programs and strong public support, we are proud to work with transit agencies across the U.S. to pave the way for America’s zero-emission future.”

On June 26, 2023, the FTA announced nearly $1.7 billion of 2023 Low-No and BBF grant awards. The FTA Low-No Grant Program is a competitive application program introduced in 2015 that exists to support the U.S. transition to low- and zero-emission public transit fleets. Funding can be used to purchase or lease low- and zero-emission buses, including acquiring, constructing, and leasing the necessary charging infrastructure and facilities. The BBF Program makes federal resources available to states and municipalities and directs recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities, including technological changes or innovations to modify low- or no-emission vehicles or facilities. For more information on the FTA Grant Programs for 2023, visit www.transit.dot.gov.

Grants for transit agencies that have committed to working with New Flyer will be awarded from the FTA directly. The agencies will then use a portion of those funds to purchase their vehicles and/or the necessary charging infrastructure for their fleets. Through these partnerships, NFI expects to grow its backlog with potential future awards that will become orders when contract documentation is completed, and formal purchase orders are received.

Low-No and BBF grants provide longer-term opportunities for future awards as agencies have until Sept. 26, 2026, to finalize their purchase orders with this funding.

In addition to the “named partner” awards, more than $1.2 billion of Low-No and BBF awards were made to U.S. public transit agencies that have not yet selected a specific provider but will do so in the months and years to come through a competitive procurement process. As more transit agencies transition their fleets to zero-emission buses and coaches, it is becoming more common that these funds are used to create future bidding opportunities rather than naming a manufacturing partner early in the application process.

“NFI’s battery and fuel cell-electric buses and coaches have collectively travelled over 120 million electric service miles, with NFI Infrastructure Solutions’ turnkey smart charging services delivering more than 410 chargers to date. NFI is a leader in zero-emission mobility, with electric vehicles operating (or on order) in more than 140 cities in six countries,” according to a press release.

News and information is available at www.nfigroup.com.

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