Canadian bus manufacturer Nova Bus has secured a fleet-level order for its LFSe+ battery-electric buses from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).
The base order includes 124 units of its 40-foot LFSe+ buses, with the potential for an additional order of 12 buses. The agreement also includes options for up to 405 more units. The buses from the base order are expected to be delivered over a two-year period beginning in 2024.
The order has been made possible through a joint investment of C$700 million (about $513 million U.S., at current exchange rates) from the Government of Canada’s Zero Emission Transit Fund and the City of Toronto. The funding will cover the acquisition of battery-electric buses, charging infrastructure, and necessary site upgrades.
The deal marks the first purchase of LFSe+ long-range buses by the TTC. The order also allows other agencies in Ontario to initiate their own agreements with Nova Bus, potentially leading to the acquisition of up to 550 buses within four years.
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According to Nova Bus, a member of the Volvo Group, the LFSe+ model is an ideal choice for sustainable transportation due to its extensive driving range, reduced maintenance costs, and elimination of pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). It combines the Nova Bus LFS platform with the latest advancements in electromobility and safety, the manufacturer adds.
Over the past decade, Nova Bus has delivered more than 1,300 buses, including hybrid-electric models, to the TTC. The LFSe+ buses are projected to play a crucial role in supporting the TTC’s efforts to electrify its bus fleet. The transport agency aims to achieve 50 percent zero emissions by 2030 and 100 percent zero emissions by 2040 or even earlier.
“The TTC has a long history of leading in battery-electric transit solutions and this announcement is in line with the agency’s long-term sustainability goals,” said Ralph Acs, President of Nova Bus. We couldn’t be happier to be part of that journey to support the TTC with its zero-emissions commitment and the City of Toronto’s goal of reducing 80 percent of its vehicle emissions by 2050.”