Three electric buses were delivered to Montreal last week by Nova Bus factories in Saint-Eustache and Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec. They began rolling through the streets of Canada's second-largest city on May 23.
The three LFSe buses were designed under the direction of Nova Bus as part of an electric bus consortium. Each has four batteries onboard. They are powered by Quebec hydroelectricity; they have access to a quick recharging system; and they are each equipped with a TM4 engine, also designed in Quebec.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said, “Putting the first 100 percent electric buses into service in the streets of the metropolis is an important milestone to achieve our transition to more electric-powered trips in Montréal."
"As the first North American city to engage in the City Mobility project, our objective is clear: make Montréal the capital of transport electrification," said the mayor.
"In addition to offering Montrealers more sustainable mobility, this initiative is a powerful lever to develop a new job-generating industrial pole and is perfectly consistent with our will to make the metropolis a true laboratory of electric mobility, with the establishment of the Institut de l'électrification et des transports intelligents,” said Mayor Coderre.
Part of the Volvo Group of Quebec, Nova Bus manufactures 100 percent electric buses, hybrid electric buses, high-capacity vehicles and integrated intelligent transportation systems.
Following its electromobility strategy, Nova Bus is moving forward with the electrification of its vehicle key components to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, company executives say.
Within the framework of the Montreal City Mobility project, the three buses will circulate on Montreal routes to enable observations of how the vehicles perform.
The project is part of the Quebec Transport Electrification Action Plan 2015-2020.
The buses were acquired by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) with financial support from the Green Fund of the Government of Quebec.
Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, said, “This project is a good example of the synergy we want to deploy to make Québec a hub of transport electrification. City Mobility showcases the creativity, ingenuity and innovation culture of our businesses."
"In addition, these Québec-designed buses will enable Société de transport de Montréal to implement the first milestones of electrification of its fleet and allow users to recognize the benefits of their electrically-powered trips,” the minister said.
Nova Bus is responsible for development of the buses and will support the Société de transport de Montréal throughout the evaluation of the project.
"It is a great feeling for our team to be part of changing our world, making it a greener place and helping our commuter travel with great comfort and peace of mind," said Ralph Acs, president of Nova Bus and Prevost divisions and senior vice president of Business Region Americas.
"City Mobility is a program that is already established elsewhere in the world, in innovative cities that offer effective, safe and sustainable solutions. Nova Bus is extremely proud to contribute to this movement to make Montreal the first North American city to benefit from it," said Martin Larose, vice president of the Nova Bus project management office.
"This collaboration with our partners illustrates all the Quebec know-how deployed in the service of the metropolis," he said.
The City Mobility project is an initiative of Volvo and its North American division, Nova Bus. Montreal is the first North American city to take part in the project, which aims to make Montreal a showcase for technologies associated with electromobility.
The Action Plan on Transport Electrification 2015-2020 has defined four targets:
- 100,000 rechargeable electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles registered in Québec
- The reduction of 150,000 tonnes of annual emissions of greenhouse gases produced by transportation, to combat climate change in Quebec and improve air quality
- The reduction of 66 million liters of fuel consumed annually in Quebec
- 5,000 jobs in the electric vehicle sector and total investments of about Cdn$500 million
Founded in 1993, Nova Bus has a structural plant in Saint-François-du-Lac and two assembly plants, one in Saint-Eustache and one in Plattsburgh, New York in the United States. The company employs 838 people in Quebec and 285 in the United States.
PHOTO: A Nova electric bus charges its batteries at a special charging station in Montreal. (Photo courtesy Société de transport de Montréal)