TransLink to take 15 electric buses LFSe+ from Nova Bus for Vancouver

Nova Bus, a subsidiary of Volvo Buses, has been awarded a contract for 15 LFSe+, long range electric buses by TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation network. 

TransLink will be adding these to their two LFSe vehicles delivered in 2019 as part of the Canadian Consortium for Urban Transportation Research and Innovation (CUTRIC) Canada-wide Interchangeability Project, totalling their fleet to 17 Nova Bus electric vehicles. These long-range battery-electric buses can travel between 340 and 470 km on a single charge. 

“Canada needs to be at the front of the trillion-dollar global clean tech economy, and our zero- emission bus makers like Quebec’s Nova Bus can help lead the charge,” said Catherine McKenna, Canada minister of infrastructure and communities. “We’re committed to helping put 5,000 new zero-emission public transit and school buses in Canadian communities over the next five years, and every new contract moves us toward that goal. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates good jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities for a net-zero emissions future.” 

Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec minister of economy and innovation, adds: “It is a great pride for Quebec to see Nova Bus’ electric buses gaining ground in Canada. We are counting on the leadership and expertise of Nova Bus to make Quebec one of the North American leaders in this field.”

Martin Larose, vice president and general manager, Nova Bus, says: “As more cities demand reduced GHG emissions and greater sustainability, we are meeting that need with our LFSe+, the perfect pairing of our proven expertise with the latest innovations in clean and sustainable technologies.” 

“Zero-emission electric buses are the future of the transit industry, and this order more than quadruples our existing battery-electric bus fleet, bringing us one step closer to achieving our aggressive climate targets.” 

The Nova Bus LFSe, on which the new LFSe+ is modelled, was the first electric bus in the industry to receive a passing score for a full test at Altoona in June 2018. The new LFSe+ integrates the traction motor and power electronics which uses advanced materials such as silicon carbide to improve heat management.