MCI parent company announces zero-emission milestone

NFI Group Inc., the parent company of MCI, announced that its electric vehicles have collectively traveled more than 50 million zero-emission miles. 

The bus and motorcoach manufacturer says the milestone means its EVs have prevented nearly 140,000 imperial tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the environment. That’s the equivalent of removing almost 30,000 cars from the road for one year. 

A London red bus drops Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a COP26 reception at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow. Photograph: Karwai Tang/ UK Government

Six months ago, the Canadian-based manufacturer announced it had reached the 40 million mile zero-emission milestone.

The announcement comes as world leaders gather for the 26th United Nations Climate Change, which runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 12, 2021.

Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the U.N. Framework Convention on climate change. 

Zero-emissions goals

In facing the increased and detrimental impact of global climate change over recent

years, countries around the world have made landmark commitments to greenhouse gas reductions, including those in NFI’s major markets:

  • Canada announced an enhanced emissions reduction goal of 40-45% by 2030.
  • The U.S. rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement and announced it will aim to reduce emissions 50-52% by 2030.
  • The UK announced it will cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, accelerating its current target for reducing carbon emissions by 15 years.

“As we lead up to COP26, we remain cognizant of the need to limit global warming, which demands significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade,” said Paul Soubry, NFI President and Chief Executive Officer. “There has never been more urgency for the design and delivery of mobility solutions that are clean, safe, accessible, efficient and reliable.” 

A London red bus drops Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a COP26 reception at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow. Photograph: Karwai Tang/ UK Government

NFI subsidiary Alexander Dennis Limited’s zero-emission, double-deck bus is on display in the COP26 Blue Zone, where negotiations to mitigate climate change will be taking place. 

‘Huge milestone’

In addition, next week NFI will showcase its first fully electric lineup of buses and coaches at the American Public Transit Association’s EXPO event in Orlando, Fla.

“NFI exists to move people, and we do just that – moving millions of people around the world, each and every day,” Soubry said. “Today, we are leading the electrification of transit operations in multiple markets, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.”

NFI Buses traveling in convoy COP26 (Photo – Chris Watt)

NFI has electric vehicles operating, or on order, in more than 80 cities in five countries. Its EV vehicle options include single- and double-deck heavy-duty transit buses, motor coaches, and medium-duty buses. NFI has been manufacturing electric vehicles since 1969, and its current offering includes both battery-electric and fuel cell-electric buses and coaches.

In the last six months, the company’s electric vehicles have collectively completed over 10 million zero-emission miles, bringing the lifetime total to over 50 million electric service miles. 

“This is a huge milestone for NFI and for the environment, and it is also proof that the transition to zero-emission is accelerating,” Soubry said. 


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