New Flyer of America, a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries, has completed a two-week in-service demonstration with Miami-Dade Transit of the New Flyer Xcelsior zero-emission heavy-duty XE40 transit bus.
The two-week demonstration concluded on January 21, 2016 and resulted in over 1,150 in-service miles and over 1,800 passenger rides on 11 different service routes throughout Miami-Dade County.
New Flyer provided Miami-Dade Transit performance reports from New Flyer Connect, a combination of onboard telematics systems used to gauge and manage operational efficiency. Using the Connect system, the New Flyer Xcelsior XE40 electric bus reported up to 23.8 diesel equivalent miles per gallon in energy consumption (equating to 1.6 kWh per mile).
Miami-Dade Transit provides service from Miami Beach and Key Biscayne to West Miami-Dade, as far north as Broward County and as far south as Homestead, Florida City and the Middle Keys. Miami-Dade Transit is the 15th largest public transit system in the USA, and the largest transit agency in the state of Florida.
The Xcelsior electric bus features a Siemens electric drive system and proven electric subsystems with unique electric drive motor technology permitting the bus to reduce the energy consumed while driving, and increase the energy recovered during braking.