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Date: February 22, 2024
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California’s Foothill Transit to expand its fleet with 12 Alexander Dennis double deck zero-emission buses

The public transportation agency Foothill Transit, serving 22 cities in the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys in eastern Los Angeles, California, will add 12 new two-story electric Enviro500EV units with Alexander Dennis batteries.
Alexander Dennis and Foothill Transit electric buses

Alexander Dennis, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, announced that it has been awarded a contract to build 12 new battery-electric Enviro500EV double deck units for United States customer Foothill Transit.

Foothill Transit is a leading public transit agency serving 22 cities in the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys in eastern Los Angeles Country, California.

Its flagship Silver Streak route to downtown Los Angeles will be further upgraded in 2026 with the new electric double deckers.

They will maximize passenger capacity on this important commuter connection while cutting out local emissions.

Foothill Transit CEO Doran Barnes expressed enthusiasm about the acquisition, stating, “We are proud to partner with Alexander Dennis to bring these cutting-edge double deck electric buses to our communities.”

“This marks a significant step forward in our commitment to providing reliable, eco-friendly, and efficient transit services,” he added.

The new units will utilise the technology of Alexander Dennis’s next-generation zero-emission bus platform recently launched in the UK and the Asia-Pacific region.

This combines the Voith Electrical Drive System (VEDS) with a modular battery system that offers increased energy storage and greater operational range on a single charge.

The new vehicles will join two earlier Enviro500EV pilot buses which were delivered in 2021.

Stephen Walsh, Vice President for Alexander Dennis in North America, stated: “After trials with two earlier Enviro500EV pilot buses, Foothill Transit’s selection of Alexander Dennis next-generation technology for its Sliver Streak route is a huge vote of confidence for us.”

“With increased energy storage, revised drivetrain configuration and modular battery configurations, the Enviro500EV with next-generation technology will improve range and other capabilities vital to the mixed profile of inner-city roads and freeways that are features of the Silver Streak route,” he added.

This award is the second in North America for the Enviro500EV with next-generation technology and highlights the resurging demand for Alexander Dennis double deck buses following the relaunch of Buy America-compliant production with Big Rig Manufacturing.

The addition of these 12 double deck zero-emission battery-electric buses is part of Foothill Transit’s broader strategy to modernize its fleet and contribute to the broader goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Recent additions have included 33 fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE FC single deckers from NFI Group sister company New Flyer.

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