New Flyer of America announces Vehicle Innovation Center in Alabama
New Flyer of America Inc., broke ground September 15 on a $25 million building renovation and expansion project in Anniston, AL. The 36-acre, five-building campus will feature a new Vehicle Innovation Center (VIC), which is reportedly North America's first innovation lab dedicated to the advancement of bus and coach technology. The VIC will be led in partnership with Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI).
"Repairing infrastructure through advanced technology is paramount to America's competitiveness, safety, and prosperity. Through New Flyer's investment in advanced engineering and manufacturing, we have the potential to dramatically transform the future of public transportation in the U.S.," said Wayne Joseph, President of New Flyer of America. "We are proud to power sustainable new technologies, collaborations for smart cities, and opportunities to connect people to places."
Establishment of the VIC also includes development of an advisory group comprised of industry leaders. The VIC will formally open in October 2017, with the expansion expected to be completed by June 2018. Through ongoing delivery of interactive experiences and collaboration with industry leaders, the VIC will feature a manufacturing lab, exhibit space, and training areas to explore and advance bus and coach technology through sustainable research and development, innovation, and progressive manufacturing. A goal of the center is to foster dialogue through discussion, education, and training on the latest zero-emission and autonomous driving vehicle technologies.
"We are proud to join forces with New Flyer of America in bringing the Vehicle Innovation Center to life," said Ian Smart, President of Motor Coach Industries. "By leveraging our strengths, we will amplify our industry-leading development of bus and coach technologies, and we look forward to driving American innovation forward with sustainable electric and autonomous solutions."
Development of the VIC is supported by New Flyer and MCI partners, each contributing interactive learning experiences that highlight New Flyer's electric and autonomous vehicle technologies. Partners confirmed to date include Siemens, ABB, A123 Systems, XALT Energy, Parker / Vansco, Valeo (Spheros), Vapor Bus International (WABTEC), Powerex Inc., Ballard Power Systems, Hydrogenics, ChargePoint, Thermo King, EMP, Center for Transportation and the Environment, CALSTART, and Alabama Power. Elements of the VIC will be on display October 9-11 at the tri-annual APTA Expo in Atlanta.