All New Flyer facilities now capable of manufacturing Xcelsior CHARGETM battery-electric buses
Flyer”), the U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (“NFI Group”), the largest transit bus and
motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, today announced that its
Anniston, Alabama facility has successfully completed its first full build of an Xcelsior CHARGETM
zero-emission, battery-electric, heavy-duty transit bus.
The Anniston facility now joins all other New Flyer locations with capability to manufacture the
Xcelsior CHARGETM battery-electric bus, including Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Crookston and St.
Cloud, Minnesota. New Flyer’s Anniston facility is also home to the Vehicle Innovation Center,
opened in October 2017 and dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology, specifically in
electric and autonomous propulsions. It is the first and only innovation lab of its kind in North
The Xcelsior CHARGETM, New Flyer’s next-generation battery-electric bus, debuted at the
triennial American Public Transportation Association (APTA) EXPO in October 2017 in Atlanta,
Georgia. It features the proven Xcelsior transit bus platform with enhancements of extended range
batteries (made with U.S.-based technology and manufacturing), industry leading hill climbing
ability, the highest passenger load carrying capacity, and ability to recharge with interoperable
equipment available from globally recognized charging system suppliers. The Xcelsior
CHARGETM is available in 35, 40, and 60-foot bus rapid transit articulated models.
“The completion of our first zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGETM transit bus
produced start-to-finish at our Anniston facility, is yet another major accomplishment for New
Flyer,” said Kevin Wood, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Facilities, New Flyer of
America. “Over the past two years, we invested significantly to establish Anniston as a leader in
American bus manufacturing and advanced vehicle innovation. We are proud to bring
electrification into the fold, and look forward to growing our footprint of zero-emission, innovative
transportation that helps power America’s communities forward, on a safe and environmentally
Following the September announcement of a USD $25 million investment in renovations and
expansions at the Anniston facility, and subsequent groundbreaking event commemorated by
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, New Flyer opened its Vehicle Innovation Center onsite in October
2017 to mark its evolution in and commitment to battery-electric bus manufacturing in Anniston,
The Vehicle Innovation Center is dedicated to the exploration and advancement of bus and coach
technology and serves to:
• Explore and advance bus and coach technology through sustainable research and
development, fresh innovation, progressive manufacturing, and bold thinking;
• Foster dialogue through discussion, education, and training on the latest zero-emission
and autonomous driving vehicle technologies;
• Engage learning through current and interactive exhibits, simulation and hands-on
experiences, and observations;
• Generate energy and commitment to clean air quality, safety, and economic benefits for
people, communities, and business; and
• Harness the positive influence of collaboration, environmental stewardship, and social
change to advance mobility solutions.
The New Flyer Anniston facility (formerly North American Bus Industries), was acquired by New
Flyer in 2013 and consists of five buildings that manufacture transit buses from part fabrication,
to high-strength frame welding, to final assembly. In 2015, New Flyer invested USD $20 million
to transform the campus to a world-class LEAN manufacturing site capable of producing New
Flyer’s Xcelsior® heavy-duty bus platform.
New Flyer currently employs 610 people in Alabama, and is expected to add approximately 60
people to the Anniston team in 2018. The NFI Group has over 50 years of experience in
manufacturing zero-emission buses (ZEBs), and employs more American workers than any other
U.S. bus manufacturer.
About NFI Group
NFI Group and its subsidiaries comprise the largest bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts
distributor in North America, with 32 fabrication, manufacturing, distribution, and service centers
located across Canada and the United States and employing nearly 6,000 team members.
NFI Group provides a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under several brands:
(heavy-duty transit buses), ARBOC®
(low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses),
(motor coaches), and NFI PartsTM (bus and coach parts, support, and service). NFI Group’s
vehicles incorporate the widest range of drive systems available ranging from clean diesel, natural
gas, diesel-electric hybrid, trolley-electric, battery-electric and fuel cell.
• New Flyer is North America's heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the most advanced
product line under the Xcelsior® and Xcelsior CHARGETM brands. New Flyer actively
supports over 44,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI, and Orion) currently in
service, of which 6,400 are powered by electric and battery propulsion.
• ARBOC is North America’s low-floor, body-on-chassis (“cutaway”) bus leader serving
transit, paratransit, and shuttle applications. With more than 2,500 buses in service,
ARBOC leads the low-floor cutaway bus market providing unsurpassed passenger
accessibility and comfort over traditional high-floor cutaway vehicles. ARBOC also offers
a medium-duty bus for transit and shuttle applications.
• Motor Coach Industries is North America’s motor coach leader offering the J-Series, the
industry’s best-selling intercity coach for 11 consecutive years, and the D-Series, the
industry’s best-selling motor coach line in North American history. Motor Coach Industries
is also the exclusive distributor of Daimler’s Setra S 417 and S 407 motor coaches in the
United States and Canada. MCI actively supports over 28,000 coaches currently in
• NFI Parts is North America's most comprehensive parts organization, providing
replacement parts, technical publications, training, service, and support for NFI Group’s
bus and motor coach product lines.
Further information is available at www.newflyer.com, www.arbocsv.com, and
www.mcicoach.com. The common shares of NFI Group are traded on the Toronto Stock
Exchange under the symbol NFI.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to expected future events and
financial and operating results of the NFI Group that involve risks and uncertainties. Although the
forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon what management
believes to be reasonable assumptions, investors cannot be assured that actual results will be
consistent with these forward-looking statements, and the differences may be material. Actual
results may differ materially from management expectations as projected in such forward-looking
statements for a variety of reasons, including those risks and uncertainties discussed in the
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or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
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