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TransLink selects Nova Bus for 15 electric buses LFSe+

The new LFSe+ integrates the traction motor and power electronics from BAE Systems, which uses advanced materials such as silicon carbide to improve heat management.

January 26, 2021  by CM Staff

Nova Bus LFSe+

MONTREAL — Nova Bus, a North American transit bus manufacturer, announces that it was awarded a contract for 15 LFSe+, Nova Bus’ 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, totaling their fleet to 17 Nova Bus electric vehicles. These long-range battery-electric buses can travel between 340 to 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 the Honourable Catherine McKenna, 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.”

“It is a great pride for Quebec to see Nova Bus’ electric buses gaining ground in Canada. I have often said: the electrification of transportation is fundamental for the future of public transit. We are counting on the leadership and expertise of Nova Bus to make Quebec one of the North American leaders in this field and we will help it if necessary,” said Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation.

“Today’s announcement is about ensuring we continue our important transition toward a greener and more efficient transit system. Zero-emission battery-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.” said Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO.

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The new LFSe+ integrates the traction motor and power electronics from BAE Systems, which uses advanced materials such as silicon carbide to improve heat management. The lower weight and increased power density of the BAE Systems technology also contributes to bus performance and durability.