New Flyer: Leading the Char

The latest from New Flyer | January 22, 2019

This month's Leading the Charge features New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions and Connect 360™, making New Flyer North America's first bus manufacturer to offer a comprehensive infrastructure service, and the first to apply IoT electric bus technology to smart mobility. 

It's bright ahead. 
This month, we announced New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions, a new service dedicated to providing safe, reliable, smart, and sustainable charging and mobility solutions. The Infrastructure Solutions team, based at the Vehicle Innovation Center in Anniston, Alabama, will:
  • Support transit bus mobility projects from start to finish,
  • Focus on energy management optimization for charging,
  • Provide infrastructure project planning, design and development, construction, commissioning and on-going services, and
  • Provide cohesive transition of bus fleets to zero-emission bus (ZEB) electric technology.
While purchasing a ZEB is one step toward building a zero-emission fleet, developing depot or on route charging infrastructure is the second, most critical step requiring complex technical expertise to ensure a successful deployment. Infrastructure Solutions will provide transit agencies and bus operators across North America with comprehensive services to develop and deploy infrastructure, including:
  • Optimize energy management strategies between the grid and the bus,
  • Determine wayside, on route, and depot charging requirements,
  • Analyze mobility conversion opportunities and provide detailed feasibility reports,
  • Provide design and engineering services for infrastructure,
  • Deliver tailored services ranging from project management support through full turnkey project delivery,
  • Oversee utility interconnects and make-ready services,
  • Develop construction scopes ranging from charger installation to complete project general contracting,
  • Coordinate UL (Underwriters Laboratories) certification,
  • Provide onsite grid-to-bus testing and commissioning to ensure safe and reliable infrastructure, and
  • Provide aftermarket support for service and parts.
Click here to see what New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions can do for you.
New Flyer technology powers performance improvement: its newest offer - Connect 360™ - is a real-time smart analytics reporting dashboard, specifically designed for Xcelsior CHARGE™ battery-electric buses.

Connect 360™, operated by New Flyer Connect® (CONNECT), tracks battery-electric ZEB performance using secure cloud-based technology, with analytics retrieved 24/7 by laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone using the new CONNECT mobile app. Key analytics include:
  • Battery state-of-charge
  • Outside air temperature trends
  • GPS location and average speeds
  • HVAC energy consumption per mile
  • Regenerative braking
  • Range achieved and remaining
  • Energy consumption (kWh/mile)
With real-time analytics, ZEB operators can improve driver performance, optimize charging strategies, and preserve battery energy throughout the day; resulting in reduced operating cost and maximum fleet utilization. To date, Connect 360™ remains the only reporting technology of its kind for battery-electric buses in North America.

Harness the power of Connect360™ for your electric fleet today –
click here for more.

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