New Flyer of America Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., has introduced Connect 360, a real-time, cloud-based business analytics dashboard for Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric buses, operated by New Flyer Connect (CONNECT).
CONNECT, first introduced in 2011, has been installed on over 6,500 New Flyer transit buses across North America. Connect 360 is an enhanced and added feature, specifically engineered to track battery-electric, zero-emission bus (ZEB) performance using secure cloud-based technology. Connect 360 analytics can be retrieved 24/7 via laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone devices using the new CONNECT mobile app.
Key business analytics provided by Connect 360 include battery state-of-charge, outside air temperature trends, GPS location and average speeds, HVAC energy consumption per mile, regenerative braking, range achieved and remaining, and energy consumption (kWh/mile).