California’s Foothill Transit Orders 20 Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Electric Buses From NFI Subsidiary New Flyer

By October 9, 2021 5   min read  (869 words)

October 9, 2021 |

Foothill Transit Hydrogen Buses

St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA: (TSX: NFI, OTC: NFYEF) NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”  or the “Company”), a leading independent bus and coach manufacturer and a leader in electric  mass mobility solutions, today announced that its subsidiary New Flyer of America Inc. (“New  Flyer”) has received a new contract from Foothill Transit for 20 zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell electric Xcelsior CHARGE H2forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses. This order is supported by  Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”) funds. 

Foothill Transit is based in West Covina, California, operating one of the largest fleets of electric  buses in America and providing over 14 million trips annually in the San Gabriel and Pomona  Valleys. Foothill Transit is a leader in deploying zero-emission bus (“ZEB”) technology in the  United States – it was the first in the country to put battery-electric buses on the road, and was  the first bus-only public transit system in North America to reach the American Public  Transportation Association’s Platinum Level for its significant sustainability achievements. 

“Foothill Transit is a leader in the adoption and deployment of electric mass mobility. This order  demonstrates that there is no ‘one size fits all’ for electrification, and that operators require a range  of bus sizes and propulsion systems to optimize their service offering,” said Paul Soubry,  President and Chief Executive Officer, NFI. “Since 2004, NFI has supported the agency’s  progressive sustainability goals with nearly 380 low-emission, compressed natural gas buses delivered, and, more recently, two Alexander Dennis E500 battery-electric double deck buses.” 

“We were excited to be the first grid-powered battery electric bus pioneer, and have continued  our zero emissions evolution with the first battery electric Alexander Dennis double deck bus  launch earlier this year,” said Doran Barnes, Chief Executive Officer, Foothill Transit. “Our path  to a fully zero emission fleet continues with the addition of NFI hydrogen fuel cell technology. We  envision a future where a variety of strategies work together to allow us to achieve our zero  emission goals.” 

The Xcelsior CHARGE H2™ is a battery-electric vehicle using compressed hydrogen as an  energy source and range extender, requiring only 6-20 minutes to refuel. Fuel cell-electric  technology is fully zero-emission and an innovative way to obtain extended-range operation  similar to existing transit vehicles. Built on New Flyer’s proven Xcelsior® platform, the Xcelsior  CHARGE H2can save 85 to 135 tons of greenhouse gas per year from tailpipe emissions  compared to a diesel bus. For more information, visit

“Our Xcelsior CHARGE H2 buses, developed by leveraging years of experience producing  hydrogen fuel cell buses, are a game changer for North American operators,” said Chris Stoddart,  President, North American Bus and Coach. “These buses – which can travel up to 350 miles on  a single refueling – not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also deliver extended range,  fast fill times, and no reduction in performance from beginning to end of life.”

NFI is a leader in zero-emission mobility, with electric vehicles operating (or on order) in more  than 80 cities in five countries. NFI offers the widest 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.  

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 late 2017, the VIC has hosted over 300 interactive events, welcoming 4,000  industry professionals for EV and infrastructure training. 

About NFI 

Leveraging 450 years of combined experience, NFI is leading the electrification of mass mobility  around the world. With zero-emission buses and coaches, infrastructure, and technology, NFI  meets today’s urban demands for scalable smart mobility solutions. Together, NFI is enabling  more livable cities through connected, clean, and sustainable transportation. 

With 8,000 team members in nine countries, NFI is a leading global bus manufacturer of mass  mobility solutions under the brands New Flyer®(heavy-duty transit buses), MCI®(motor coaches),  Alexander Dennis Limited (single and double-deck buses), Plaxton (motor coaches),  ARBOC®(low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), and NFI Parts™. NFI currently offers the  widest range of sustainable drive systems available, including zero-emission electric (trolley,  battery, and fuel cell), natural gas, electric hybrid, and clean diesel. In total, NFI supports its  installed base of over 105,000 buses and coaches around the world. NFI common shares are  traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information is available  at,,,,, and

About New Flyer 

New Flyer is North America’s heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the most advanced product  line under the Xcelsior® and Xcelsior CHARGE® brands. It also offers infrastructure development  through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, a service dedicated to providing safe, sustainable,  and reliable charging and mobility solutions. New Flyer actively supports over 35,000 heavy-duty  transit buses (New Flyer, NABI, and Orion) currently in service, of which 8,600 are powered by  electric motors and battery propulsion and 1,900 are zero-emission. Further information is  available at

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