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NFI Unveils First Zero-Emission Double Decker for North America

NFI zero-emission three-axle double-deck bus. PHOTO Alexander Dennis

NFI unveils its first zero-emission, three-axle double-deck bus for North America, the Alexander Dennis Enviro500EV CHARGE

NFI Group Inc., an independent bus and coach manufacturer and a developer in electric mass mobility solutions, today unveiled its first zero-emission, three-axle double-deck bus.

The Enviro500EV CHARGE is the North American all-electric produced by NFI subsidiary Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”).

Like all NFI double deck buses for North America, the 45-foot Enviro500EV CHARGE offers a passenger experience with panoramic views, low-floor entry, reclined seating, overhead reading lights and air vents, USB ports, and Wi-Fi and multimedia capability—but its main feature is its high passenger capacity, with up to 82 seats, including 53 on the upper deck.

It also features several industry firsts, including full independent front suspension for a smoother and more comfortable ride, and an integrated electric drive system tailored to the requirements of North American transit agencies.

A well-lit staircase with handrails, wide entrance and wide exit doors, a 1-in-6 mobility ramp, unobstructed isles with sculpted handrails, mobility devices, and a fully flat floor through to the rear seating ensure outstanding accessibility.

The Enviro500EV CHARGE forms part of NFI’s industry-leading range of zero-emission buses and coaches.

The CHARGE line-up includes New Flyer’s Xcelsior CHARGE NG and Xcelsior CHARGE H2, MCI’s J4500 CHARGE and D45 CRT LE CHARGE, and the ARBOC Equess CHARGE.

The Enviro500 EV CHARGE is Buy America-compliant, and Altoona testing is scheduled to start later this year. NFI is the only operator in North America to offer battery-electric, fuel cell-electric and electric trolleys.

“Today marks the very first launch of an ADL vehicle at our Vehicle Innovation Center, and we are excited to have an ADL zero-emission bus join our line-up for North America,” said Paul Soubry, President and Chief Executive Officer of NFI.

“Today we add a milestone as we unveil our first-ever battery-electric, three-axle, high-capacity double-deck bus designed specifically for the North American market,” said Paul Davies, President and Managing Director, ADL.

NFI offers a range of zero-emission battery and fuel cell electric buses and coaches, and the Company’s vehicles have completed over 40 million EV service miles.

Today, NFI supports growing North American cities with scalable, clean, and sustainable mobility solutions through a four-pillar approach that includes buses and coaches, technology, infrastructure, and workforce development.

It also operates the VIC, a lab dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology and providing workforce development.

Since opening late 2017, the VIC has hosted over 300 interactive events, welcoming 3,000 industry professionals for EV and infrastructure training.

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