NFI expects 40% of 2025 production to be zero-emissions buses

For decades, NFI Group Inc. has taken pride in leading the evolution to zero-emission transportation, the ZEvolution. 

The parent company of Motor Coach Industries (MCI) announced on Earth Day it will be raising the bar in the coming years by increasing the production of its zero-emission vehicles.

Last year, NFI introduced six new zero-emission bus and coach models to its electric vehicle lineup, and the Canadian company has zero-emission buses (ZEBs) operating or on order in more than 80 cities in five countries. These include the J4500 CHARGE, MCI’s first battery-electric luxury coach.

Delivering ZEBs

In 2021, NFI delivered 661 equivalent units (EUs) of ZEBs. And in 2022, nearly one-quarter of the company’s annual production will be ZEBs. That will grow to about 40% by 2025, the company announced.

The J4500 CHARGE is MCI’s first battery-electric luxury coach.

Since 2015, NFI has delivered 2,032 EUs of ZEBs to its customers around the globe. 

“NFI exists to move people. Each and every day, in partnership with our customers and industry partnerships, we move millions of people around the world. We weave environmental, social and governance, or ESG, into the fabric of our business, and our Sustainability Pledge — to create a Better Product, Better Workplace and Better World — continues to guide our day-to-day operations and our long-term planning,” said Paul Soubry, President and CEO of NFI. 

Leading electrification in multiple markets

He noted that NFI is leading the electrification of transit operations in multiple markets, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. 

“Our electric vehicles have collectively traveled over 65 million electric service miles, which equates to the prevention of 182,000 imperial tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the environment,” Soubry said. 

In 2021, the company accelerated its companywide sustainability strategy and roadmap, with a plan to complete its first ESG materiality assessment — aimed at engaging stakeholders to find out how important specific ESG issues are to them — in 2022. 

“We have a commitment to creating long-term value for our stakeholders by considering their needs and expectations,” said Natalia Klumper, NFI’s Sustainability Manager. “This year, we are engaging our employees, customers, suppliers, the financial community and other stakeholders to understand what is most important to them, and, through this process, prioritizing our most relevant ESG issues by working them into our day-to-day operations, securing our investment in our communities and planet as we transition to a green economy.” 


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