Volvo’s Canadian subsidiary Nova Bus has received an order from TransLink for 15 new electric buses. These will complement two e-buses from Nova Bus that have already been in service since 2019 for the transport company active in the Greater Vancouver area.
According to Nova Bus, the newly ordered buses are of type LFSe +, which offers up to 470 km of range. They have built the 12-metre model since 2019 as an upgrade to the previous LFSe model, which was introduced in North America in 2011. Both electric bus types use the combustion engine model’s platform.
For TransLink, the new order will increase the number of electric buses to 19, with two vehicles already in service coming from other manufacturers than Nova Bus. The 15 e-buses now on order are to be used on Line 100 from 2022, and it is also known that they are to be temporarily charged at bus stops during their service. The value of the order is said to be $16 million.
TransLink already has one of the largest electric trolleybus networks in North America – with 262 trolleybuses in service. The company plans to convert half of its conventional bus fleet from diesel, natural gas and hybrid to battery power by 2030. To this end, TransLink has now applied for public funding to procure an additional 57 battery-electric buses and the corresponding charging infrastructure for the time being.
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