New Flyer Industries XHE40

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New Flyer XHE40
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Years of manufacture 2015 to present
Length 40 feet
Width 102 inches
Weight N/A
Seating capacity 42 max
Propulsion Hydrogen Fuel Cell

The New Flyer Industries XHE40 is a hydrogen fuel cell, low floor transit bus from the Xcelsior line. It was launched following a competitive grant from the California Energy Commission for the development of an advanced fuel cell transit bus. SunLine Transit Agency would operate the bus.[1] In 2017, SunLine received funding for a further five XHE40 buses.[2]

The rear wheels of the XHE40 are driven by a Siemens electric motor with electricity stored in batteries and generated from Ballard’s FCmove-HD hydrogen fuel cell. Batteries capture the braking energy, providing further power for the bus's acceleration.

The first trial bus for SunLine used a fuel cell supplied by Hydrogenics. [2] Production buses used Ballard's seventh generation FCveloCity hydrogen fuel cell. They had a range of 350 miles.

In September 2022, New Flyer introduced their next generation fuel cell bus: the Xcelsior CHARGE FC. It uses the more compact and robust Ballard FCmove-HD hydrogen fuel cell. The integrated design houses all subcomponents in a single enclosure and is smaller, lighter, and uses fewer parts. The battery enclosure uses a lighter, simplified design. More efficient batteries allow for a range of 370 miles.


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  1. “California Energy Commission Awards New Flyer $1.7 Million In Support Of Developing a Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Transit Bus.” Press release. New Flyer Industries, 08 April 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 SunLine wins funding to add fuel cell buses, large hydrogen station, Fuel Cells Bulletin, Volume 2017, Issue 5, 2017, Page 12
New Flyer Industries
Current Models

Battery-Electric: 35ft: XE35 - 40ft: XE40 - 60ft: XE60
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG): 35ft: XN35 - 40ft: XN40 - 60ft: XN60
Diesel: 35ft: XD35 - 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 - MD30 - 35ft: D35 - D35LF - D35LFR - MD35 - 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-Electric Hybrid: 40ft: HE40LF
Hydrogen Fuel Cell: 40ft: F40LF/H40LF - H40LFR
Liquified Natural Gas (LNG): 30ft: L30LF - 35ft: L35LF - 40ft: L40 - L40LF - L40LFR

Platform Invero - Low Floor - MiDi - Xcelsior