New Flyer Rolls Out Real-Time Analytics Dashboard for Electric Buses

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Connect 360TM is a real-time, cloud-based business analytics dashboard for Xcelsior Charge battery-electric buses.

New Flyer of America Inc., North America’s largest bus manufacturer, has introduced a real-time, cloud-based business analytics dashboard for Xcelsior Charge battery-electric buses. New Flyer Connect runs the Connect360TM dashboard.

The platform tracks bus performance using cloud-based technology. Users can access its analytics in real time 24/7 via web browser, tablet or smartphone. It is the industry’s first IoT technology-based application for smart mobility.

The dashboard allows agencies to translate data into graphs and measurements for improved data visualization which in turn can help optimize ZEB fleet performance and improve all aspects of bus operation including drivers, passengers, and maintenance.

“We are proud to build on the success of New Flyer Connect with Connect 360, offering analytics that make our zero-emission buses are even more efficient, reliable, and sustainable,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. “New Flyer continues to evolve its analytics technology as public transit becomes increasingly optimized for smart, connected cities. By introducing Connect 360, we expand insight, intelligence, and efficiency for operating battery-electric transit buses, which transit agencies across America can leverage to help integrate zero-emission buses into their fleets, and to improve data-driven sustainability in overall operation.”

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Connect360TM provides various key insights and business intelligence including:

  • Battery health and charge
  • Outside air temperature
  • GPS
  • Average speed
  • Energy
  • HVAC consumption per mile
  • Regenerative braking

These insights can improve decision making, optimize fleet utilization, conserve energy, and improve driver performance while reducing costs. Each new Xcelsior ChargeTM ZEB includes the technology, which agencies hope will support their transition to zero-emission fleets.

Sue Walsh

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