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NICE orders up to 36 zero-emission Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ buses from New Flyer


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New Flyer of America Inc. has received a new contract from the Nassau Inter County Express (NICE) for six battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™40-foot buses.  

The five-year contract includes options for up to 30 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ 40-foot buses. 

With the order, NICE becomes the seventh agency in New York State to purchase zero-emission buses from New Flyer. NICE is the local bus system serving Nassau County, parts of western Suffolk County and eastern portions Queens, New York, providing more than 20 million passenger trips per year. 

“NFI is steadily increasing its EV presence on the east coast, and this is directly due to aggressive zero-emission leadership and action by transit agencies across New York State,” said Paul Soubry, president and CEO, NFI. “NICE is an established leader in sustainable mobility and continues to build momentum. Since 2015, NFI has delivered 115 low-emission compressed natural gas buses to NICE. Together, through the transition from low to zero-emission mobility, we’re building cleaner, quieter, more livable communities across Long Island – with the added benefit of each EV delivering up to $125,000 in maintenance savings and up to $400,000 in fuel savings over its 12-year vehicle lifespan. This is smart mobility in motion.” 

New Flyer says its Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ battery-electric buses provide up to 525kWh of power and 250 miles of range on a single charge. Introduced in 2021, the Xcelsior CHARGE NG™ bus incorporates high-energy batteries that extend range up to 13 percent, advanced protective battery packaging for easy install and simpler serviceability and a new lightweight electric traction drive system with up to 90 percent energy recovery, according to the company.  

“Nassau Inter-County Express has selected New Flyer as our new battery-electric bus vendor,” said Jack Khzouz, CEO, NICE. “We plan on deploying these energy-efficient vehicles for the launch of our new bus rapid transit system, which will provide Nassau County with zero emissions travel between new lifestyle and employment centers. They will help NICE improve accessibility and connectivity within Nassau County.” 

Link: https://www.masstransitmag.com/bus/vehicles/hybrid-hydrogen-electric-vehicles/press-release/21247232/new-flyer-nice-orders-up-to-36-zeroemission-xcelsior-charge-ng-buses-from-new-flyer

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https://ngtnews.com/new-yorks-nice-places-order-for-up-to-36-zero-emission-new-flyer-transit-buses

https://www.newflyer.com/2021/11/new-yorks-nice-orders-up-to-36-zero-emission-xcelsior-charge-ng-transit-buses-from-nfis-new-flyer/

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From: https://www.longisland.com/news/03-21-22/nassau-county-legislature-announces-electric-nice-bus-initiative.html

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These six buses will initially service the Nassau County HUB area with service originating from the Rosa Parks Bus Depot in the Village of Hempstead and serving the greater Hempstead, Nassau Community College, Hofstra University and Roosevelt Field areas. Usage will then expand throughout the county.

“Nassau Inter-County Express has selected New Flyer as our new battery-electric bus vendor,” said Jack Khzouz, Chief Executive Officer, NICE. “We plan on deploying these energy-efficient vehicles for the launch of our new bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which will provide Nassau County with zero emissions travel between Rosa Parks Hempstead Transit Center to the Nassau Hub/NCC locations. They will help NICE improve accessibility and connectivity within Nassau County.”

Looks like a new route in the Nassau Hub could be coming soon (maybe similar to the old N93 route shown below with the addition of serving Hempstead Transit Center and NCC):

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Sounds like an circulator type route would be created to use these electric buses on. Baltimore and New Haven CT have these types of route. 

 

Kind of disappointed this is the new route they are debuting. Was hoping they would convert the N40/41 to an BRT route or something. 

 

 

Also wish these buses would run on any NICE bus route rather than be restricted to this new route.

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10 minutes ago, User said:

The design of the new buses has been released:

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Looks like they ordered XN40s to replace the 1800s and they think they have an sufficient amount of buses to make service even though it won't be an bus for bus replacement.

 

Theres 40 1800 NG CNGs but they are ordering only 33 XN40s to replace them. 

 

I wonder why they didn't order more Gilligs.

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6 hours ago, trainfan22 said:

Looks like they ordered XN40s to replace the 1800s and they think they have an sufficient amount of buses to make service even though it won't be an bus for bus replacement.

 

Theres 40 1800 NG CNGs but they are ordering only 33 XN40s to replace them. 

 

I wonder why they didn't order more Gilligs.

NICE is still going with Gillig to replace the remaining NGs, and all 3Gs. I don't know if there is sources for 33 new XN40s.

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10 hours ago, RSMG106 said:

NICE is still going with Gillig to replace the remaining NGs, and all 3Gs. I don't know if there is sources for 33 new XN40s.

I assume that pic in the first post I quoted is from NICE themselves.

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On 4/7/2022 at 11:29 PM, RSMG106 said:

NICE is still going with Gillig to replace the remaining NGs, and all 3Gs. I don't know if there is sources for 33 new XN40s.

Are you sure? Do you think the CEO meant the BRT Plus CNGs for the 33 new CNG buses? Shouldn't the first option be for 40 units?

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On 3/23/2022 at 9:31 PM, trainfan22 said:

Sounds like an circulator type route would be created to use these electric buses on. Baltimore and New Haven CT have these types of route. 

 

Kind of disappointed this is the new route they are debuting. Was hoping they would convert the N40/41 to an BRT route or something. 

 

 

Also wish these buses would run on any NICE bus route rather than be restricted to this new route.

They probably want to keep them close to the depot while they test them out.

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