April 29, 2010
by PLANT STAFF
New Flyer’s new D60LFR articulated bus.
Photo: New Flyer
WINNIPEG: New Flyer Industries Inc. has added 306 of its new articulated clean diesel buses to its order book.
Ottawa City Council has approved the $190 million purchase of the D60LFR buses from the Winnipeg manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in Canada and the US, and includes the exercising of 80 options, plus an additional 226 articulated buses under the existing procurement contract.
New Flyer said each of the buses will be outfitted with a 2010 EPA compliant Cummins engine, a mini-hybrid cooling package, an anti-graffiti package and smart bus technology for reliability monitoring.
The agreement will help Ottawa reduce fuel consumption by an estimated 26% and maintenance costs by 15 per cent. The upgraded propulsion system will save approximately 1.98 million kilograms of nitrogen oxide as well as approximately 51,400 kilograms of particulate over the next nine years and reduce the environmental footprint left by the buses by more than over 90 per cent.
The first buses are expected to enter production in July, with delivery of the new fleet to begin in August and completed within a year.
New Flyer said it received orders from both current and new customers for 103 buses or 151 equivalent production units in its first quarter totalling roughly US$66 million. Its order backlog as of April 4 was 8,513 equivalent units down from 8,990 as of Dec. 31.
New Flyer employs 2,000 people at three facilities in Winnipeg, St. Cloud, Minn. and Crookston, Minn.