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MCI Showcases Upgraded Bus Line-Up At UMA Expo

Posted on January 7, 2019
The J3500 seats up to 44 passengers with best in class interior, baggage capacity among all 35-foot vehicles and top maneuverability for congested city streets, airport terminals, and other busy transportation settings. (photo: MCI)

The J3500 seats up to 44 passengers with best in class interior, baggage capacity among all 35-foot vehicles and top maneuverability for congested city streets, airport terminals, and other busy transportation settings. (photo: MCI)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- MCI greets 2019 with the most innovative model and service lineup in its history at UMA Expo Fort Lauderdale, Jan. 6 -10. The schedule includes a smaller coach, accessibility and battery-electric propulsion options.

It’s happening at Booth 522 where MCI is showcasing its new 2019 J4500 and shorter J3500 coach next to its all-accessible MCI D45 CRT LE designed for Commuter Rapid Transit featuring its breakthrough patented Low Entry (LE) Vestibule.

The revolutionary D45 CRT LE is designed for comfort and to speed boarding of all passengers including those with mobility devices and will be displayed with a custom interior specifically designed for a Silicon Valley employee commuter service that’s recently placed an order.

Plus, MCI executives will be on hand to discuss milestones in the company’s all-electric CHARGE series coming in 2020, with opportunities to watch the latest pilot test for the J4500e CHARGE.

“We have an extraordinary UMA Expo coming up with product and service news for our operators,” said Ian Smart, MCI President. “For the last three years, MCI has consistently met product innovation targets and delivered steady improvements in manufacturing, customer service, parts and training. Our team will be there to discuss what’s on the floor, what’s arriving in the next 18 months and longer-term initiatives.”

The new MCI J-Series: Welcome the long and short of reliability

MCI is meeting the needs of its customers with a coach to fit smaller groups. “Some operators have said they would like a smaller coach to improve maneuverability in busy urban areas with narrow streets,” said Brent Maitland, MCI Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning. “Charter operators said they wanted a coach for smaller groups with no loss of luxury or ride quality, and Livery providers, who are looking to differentiate, elevate and expand their offerings, said they wanted a smaller coach that featured the same passenger experience as the 45-foot MCI J4500 coach.”

Enter the J3500. Sharing all the styling, performance and maximum parts commonality with the 45-foot MCI J4500, the new MCI J3500 seats up to 44 passengers with best-in-class interior, the largest baggage and payload capacity among all 35-foot vehicles and again, top maneuverability. “The J3500 allows our operators to explore new revenue opportunities with an easy transition into their operation with common parts, interior and driver’s area. The coach will feel very familiar to both drivers, technicians and the customers, which is a good thing,” Maitland said.

Plus, MCI has added even more state-of-the-art features for model year 2019 J4500. Now with industry leading interior space that allows comfortable seating for up to 60 passengers, a larger lavatory and an optional rear window that transforms the look and feel of the cabin, the 2019 J4500 takes a big technological leap forward with best-in-class Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) available with the optional next-generation Bendix Fusion, and a new swing-out cooling module with electric fans for increased fuel efficiency and maximum repair ease and speed.

Both J-Series models come with the industry’s top limited warranty of 30 months with unlimited miles, plus Super 60 expanded coverage of up to 5 years on select parts and components.

MCI All-Electric, coming in 2020

MCI’s move to all-electric will be led by two models under the CHARGE brand – the J4500e and  D45 CRTe LE,  then the rest of MCI’s model range with focus on public transit and employee shuttle segments. MCI executives will be on hand to discuss the latest developments toward 2020 production and delivery, including latest high marks on the testing front.

Assisted by a half-century of battery electric expertise at sister company New Flyer, the electric architecture incorporated in the MCI J4500e features a high-torque Siemens 2130 LB FT electric drive system with a planned range to meet long-distance applications, Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) battery at 450 kWh with high power plug-in battery to fully charge in under three hours.

MCI will also apply its battery-electric platform to the D45 CRT LE Commuter Coach followed by the electric 35-foot MCI J giving operators the most comprehensive choices in purpose-built, all-electric coaches.

The first all-electric coaches to roll off the line will all contain something familiar. Says Smart: "The electric future at MCI will remain dedicated to building coaches with the lowest cost of operation and ease of service. MCI's proven coaches combined with New Flyer's battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE expertise will pave the way for vehicle reliability, and help our customers make a smooth transition to electric.”

Source: MCI press release


Related Topics: bus manufacturers, bus market, MCI, motorcoach operators, motorcoaches, United Motorcoach Association

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