New Flyer Industries MiDi

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New Flyer MiDi
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Years of manufacture 2013 to 2017
Length 30 or 35 feet
Width 96 inches
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The New Flyer Industries MiDi was a medium-duty, low-floor transit and shuttle bus designed for a 10-year, 350,000-mile life. It is a rebadged Alexander Dennis Enviro200 adapted for use in Canada and the United States. The New Flyer MiDi made its debut at the 2013 APTA Bus and Paratransit conference.[1] Autobus Paquette, under contract to the CIT Laurentides north of Montreal, was the first to take delivery of the MiDi.[2]

Alexander Dennis and New Flyer, both interested in marketing a medium-duty bus in Canada and the United States, announced a joint venture to bring the Enviro200 to North America. A left-hand drive prototype adapted for North America was soon developed and built in the United Kingdom. While the first prototypes were built overseas, production has been moved to New Flyer's Minnesota facility.

ABC Companies became the exclusive distributor of the MiDi and Xcelsior to United States private bus and shuttle operators in 2014.[3] The same year, Giradin became the distributor of the MiDi to customers in Ontario and Atlantic provinces, in addition to Quebec.[4]

In May 2017, New Flyer and Alexander Dennis announced that MiDi production will be transferred in the fourth quarter of the year from New Flyer's Minnesota facility to Alexander Dennis's facility in Indiana. Sales, marketing and aftermarket parts will also be transitioned to Alexander Dennis with the full support of New Flyer. In total, New Flyer has produced 200 MiDi buses for 22 customers.[5]

Design

MiDi MD30 with high profile bumper and tire fender

Like the Enviro200, the MiDi has a body constructed from bolted aluminum extrusions and a welded steel chassis. The majority of the body panels are of aluminum, and the roof structure uses a single piece of composite material.

Unlike the Enviro200, the MiDi does not have a rear window—this area taken up by emissions equipment. The interior of the MiDi is largely the same, however the area around the step to the high floor section is configured differently.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and Martha's Vineyard Regional Transit Authority are some of the first operators to specify the more standard North American bumpers on the front and rear. In addition, the buses for Martha's Vineyard have more pronounced wheel arches.


Models

References

  1. Introducing the New Flyer MiDi™ (Press release). New Flyer Industries. Retrieved on 05 April 2013.
  2. [http://www.newflyer.com/index/030414-new-flyer-adds-midi-to-bus-distributor-agreement-with-girardin. (Press Release. New Flyer Industries Retrieved 5/18/2014.
  3. New Flyer Appoints ABC as Distributor of Midi® and Xcelsior® Buses for U.S. Private Bus And Shuttle Operators (Press release). New Flyer Industries. Retrieved on 22 March 2014.
  4. [http://www.newflyer.com/index/030414-new-flyer-adds-midi-to-bus-distributor-agreement-with-girardin. (Press Release. New Flyer Industries Retrieved 5/18/2014.
  5. New Flyer and Alexander Dennis Agree to Transition MiDi® Bus to North American-Based Alexander Dennis Inc. Retrieved on May 10,2017
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Current Models

Battery-Electric: 40ft: XE40 - 60ft: XE60
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG): 35ft: XN35 - 40ft: XN40 - 60ft: XN60
Diesel: 30ft: MD30 - 35ft: XD35 - MD35 - 40ft: XD40 - 60ft: XD60
Diesel-Electric Hybrid: 35ft: XDE35 - 40ft: XDE40 - 60ft: XDE60
Electric Trolleybus: 40ft: XT40 - 60ft: XT60
Hydrogen Fuel Cell: 40ft: XHE40 - 60ft: XHE60

Past Models

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG): 30ft: C30LF - C30LFR - 35ft: C35LF - C35LFR - 40ft: C40 - C40LF - C40LFR
Diesel: 30ft: D30LF - 35ft: D35 - D35LF - D35LFR - 40ft: D40 - D40LF - D40LFA - D40LFR - D40S - D40i - 45ft: D45S - 60ft: D60 - D60LF - D60LFA - D60LFR
Diesel-Electric Hybrid: 30ft: DE30LFR - 35ft: DE35LF - DE35LFA - DE35LFR - 40ft: DE40LF - DE40LFA - DE40LFR - DE40i - 60ft: DE60LF - DE60LFA - DE60LFR
Electric Trolleybus: 40ft: E40LF - E40LFR - 60ft: E60 - E60LFR
Gasoline-Electric Hybrid: 35ft: GE35LFR - 40ft: GE40LF - GE40LFA - GE40LFR
Hydrogen Fuel Cell: 40ft: F40LF/H40LF- HE40LF - H40LFR
Liquified Natural Gas (LNG): 30ft: L30LF - 35ft: L35LF - 40ft: L40LF - L40LFR

Platform Invero - Low Floor - MiDi - Xcelsior