NFI Recaps Strong Showing At APTA TRANSform Conference & EXPO
NFI Group Inc. (NFI), an independent bus and coach manufacturer and provider of zero-emission electric mass mobility solutions, reported a successful week took place while participating at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) TRANSform Conference & EXPO, in Orlando, FL.
“It was fantastic to reconnect with our customers, suppliers, and industry partners this past week at APTA EXPO, where we showcased NFI’s mobility solution ecosystem, which includes vehicles; infrastructure; parts and service; workforce development and training; connected technology; and vehicle financing. As we focus on ramping up our production rates to execute on our record backlog, we were proud to display our continued commitment and dedication to the transportation industry in North America. Thank you to the entire APTA team for another hugely successful event,” NFI President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Soubry said.
“NFI hosted numerous events and training sessions in its EXPO booth — covering NFI’s innovative battery-electric and fuel cell-electric bus offering, the NFI Connect™ data platform, NFI Service Centers, and NFI Infrastructure Solutions™ — bringing together customers, suppliers, and industry partners for collaborative conversations. NFI also honored the late David Warren’s contributions to the transit industry,” according to a press release. “On October 9 during the EXPO, NFI announced the option to add a seventh and eighth string of batteries to New Flyer’s battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 60-foot bus, which increases the range of the bus by over 30 percent. The additional range provided by these new battery options, combined with the large passenger capacity of the 60-foot model, makes the New Flyer 60-foot EV ideal for use in high-volume traffic routes and bus rapid transit (BRT). Click here to watch a video about these updates.
“On October 10, NFI introduced another technology advancement — New Flyer’s battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 40-foot transit bus designed with a three-door configuration to enable more efficient and flexible boarding for BRT projects. NFI announced California’s Omnitrans as the first transit agency that ordered the new 40-foot EV with three doors, which was jointly announced with Erin Rogers, CEO and General Manager, Omnitrans. The order included 18 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 40-foot buses and four fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE FC™ 40-foot buses. Click here to watch a video about the new three-door configuration.”
It was also announced that NFI (and subsidiaries New Flyer of America Inc., Motor Coach Industries Inc., ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, LLC, and Alexander Dennis Incorporated) is now a qualified manufacturer for the commercial clean vehicle credit under the Inflation Reduction Act. NFI’s electric vehicles in the United States are eligible for up to $40,000 USD in tax credits, per vehicle, from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). There is not currently a limit as to the number of tax credits a business can claim.
“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 the release. “Today, NFI supports growing North American cities with scalable, clean, and sustainable mobility solutions through its mobility solution ecosystem, which includes buses and coaches; infrastructure; parts and service; technology; workforce development and training; and vehicle financing.
“NFI also operates the Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC), the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology and providing workforce development. Since opening in 2017, the VIC has hosted over 350 interactive events, welcoming 7,000 industry professionals for EV and infrastructure training.”