Columbia University in New York is soon to become the home of six completely electric New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE buses, which are due to begin their service next year as a part of the university’s network for Intercampus Shuttle. The news of the purchase of these buses comes after a deal was struck between Academy Bus and New Flyer of America.
New Flyer Industries’ subsidiary had been granted this agreement by the company Academy Bus, as they are the present contractors for Columbia University’s shuttle service.
On top of the 6 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE buses, which are 40 feet long and all-electric, the contract consists of purchasing 3 stations that charge the buses.
The buses are due to run back and forth between several locations including New Jersey, Manhattan, as well as Rockland County — and the expectation is that they will serve about 30,000 students each year.
“We are proud to support Academy Bus and Columbia University with their transition to sustainable transportation,” said Wayne Joseph, the President of New Flyer of America.
He mentioned: “Our zero-emission, battery-electric buses not only lend positive environmental impact for students and the surrounding communities but also feature American innovation in motion on the streets of New York and New Jersey.”
The initiation of these brand new electric buses will represent some of the efforts to reach the Columbia University Sustainability Plan, and the deploying of the buses will be supported on behalf of New York State’s Electric Vehicle Voucher Incentive Funds (NYSERDA).
“Academy maintains a long-standing mutually beneficial relationship with Columbia University,” said Francis Tedesco, the President of Academy Bus. “We are excited to bring New Flyer’s industry-leading technology on campus, and to assist the university with its aim of reducing emissions for the shuttle service.”