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Princeton NFI XE35 Delivery


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As promised by Princeton University when they switched their transit provider in early 2021, there will be electric buses after a year. The bus model was decided to be the NFI XE35. 17 units will be delivered, replacing all 1995-97 ex-OCTA New Flyer D40LF and Ford cutaways.

Deliveries began this week, and 26002 is now at the Stout's facility in Ewing, NJ. It will be used for driver training before entering service in mid-October.

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Update on these buses:

Their numbers will be 26002-26018, not 26001-26017. 26002 is still in training but will be in service this month. 26003-26009 will be delivered by the end of the year, while the remainder are still on the line.

26002-26015 will each feature a unique Princeton scheme while the remainder will be in the standard Tiger Transit scheme. 

26002 plate: OYB6484 VIN: 5FYB8KJ02NC105964

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39 minutes ago, JLiu15 said:

Update on these buses:

Their numbers will be 26002-26018, not 26001-26017. 26002 is still in training but will be in service this month. 26003-26009 will be delivered by the end of the year, while the remainder are still on the line.

26002-26015 will each feature a unique Princeton scheme while the remainder will be in the standard Tiger Transit scheme. 

26002 plate: OYB6484 VIN: 5FYB8KJ02NC105964

So what is 26001? Ugh, it messes with my OCD, lol!

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Did some VIN decoding. If VINs are in order, then the VINs for the remainder of the order should be:

26003: 5FYB8KJ04NC105965

26004: 5FYB8KJ06NC105966

26005: 5FYB8KJ08NC105967

26006: 5FYB8KJ0XNC105968

26007: 5FYB8KJ01NC105969

26008: 5FYB8KJ08NC105970

26009: 5FYB8KJ0XNC105971

26010: 5FYB8KJ01NC105972

26011: 5FYB8KJ03NC105973

26012: 5FYB8KJ05NC105974

26013: 5FYB8KJ07NC105975

26014: 5FYB8KJ09NC105976

26015: 5FYB8KJ00NC105977

26016: 5FYB8KJ02NC105978

26017: 5FYB8KJ04NC105979

26018: 5FYB8KJ00NC105980

Not an expert on VINs, so I could be wrong. These were just the valid VINs I could find after 26002's VIN. And there's still the possibility they're not numbered in VIN order, lol.

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As of right now it looks like 26002 has only operated for one day (11/22/2022) and hasn't been used since then. The charging infrastructure at Princeton is not yet complete so it has to go to Stout's in Ewing to get charged. I last visited Princeton and Stout's facility in mid-December, I'm not sure if any other units were delivered. So far their 1995 and 1997-1998 ex-OCTA D40LFs are still going strong.

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26003, 26005, and 26009 have been delivered and were inspected this week. 26009 features a Princeton Chapel livery. It is likely that all buses up to 26014 have been built. The remaining 4 feature the standard Tiger Transit livery.

26002 is back in regular service with the start of the new semester. However, it must return to Stout's in Ewing for charging as the charging infrastructure is still unfortunately far from complete. It will be in Lot 20 (there's an area currently fenced off for constructing the charging infrastructure) and I only saw 2 charging units there today.

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