New Flyer Industries XHE60

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New Flyer XHE60
Years of manufacture 2015 to present
Length 60 feet
Width 102 inches
Weight N/A
Seating capacity 42 max
Propulsion Hydrogen Fuel Cell

The New Flyer Industries XHE60 is a hydrogen fuel cell, low floor articulated transit bus from the Xcelsior line. The bus was developed with a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) administered by CALSTART and is part of the National Fuel Cell Bus Program. The XHE60 made its debut on April 22, 2016. AC Transit was the first to operate the bus. The first commercial order for the XHE60 was placed by the Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District in September of 2017, for two buses to be delivered in 2019.

The rear axle of the XHE60 is driven by a Siemens electric motor and the middle axle is driven by hub motors with electricity stored in batteries and generated from Ballard's FCmove-HD hydrogen fuel cell. Batteries capture the braking energy and provides further power for the bus's acceleration. Because the hydrogen tanks take up some of the space on the roof, some of the batteries are located inside the bus around the joint.

Initially, the XHE60 used Ballard's seventh generation FCveloCity hydrogen fuel cell. It 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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Demonstrator and engineering units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses.

Thumbnail Build
VIN Motor Notes
SR1925 11/2015 5FYF8YX16FC047931 Siemens ELFA
  • Built to AC Transit specifications.[1]
  • It will demo at AC Transit in 2019; spotted at the MCI Sales & Service Center in Hayward, CA sporting the AC Transit livery on 4/21/2019.

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