Quebec-based Nova Bus on Tuesday won a new contract to sell 15 buses to Vancouver’s public transport network.
“Quebec is very proud to see Nova Bus electric buses gain ground in Canada. I have often said it: the electrification of transport is fundamental for the future of public transport, ”said Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon in a press release.
These 15 LFSe + buses will be added to the two LFSe vehicles of the TransLink network in Vancouver, which were delivered in 2019 as part of the pan-Canadian interchangeability project of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Urban Transport in Canada (CRITUC).
While Vancouver has one of the largest electric transportation networks in Canada with 262 trolleybuses in service, the initiative is expected to spread to other provinces in the coming years.
“We are committed to helping bring 5,000 new zero-emission public and school buses into service in Canadian communities over the next five years, and each new contract brings us closer to that goal,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
The electric buses of the Quebec company can travel between 340 and 470 km on a single charge thanks to their long-range battery.
“We are counting on the leadership and expertise of Nova Bus to raise Quebec among the North American leaders in this field and we will help it if necessary,” concluded Mr. Fitzgibbon.