Nova Bus

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Nova Bus
Company Type Private
Foundation 1993
Location Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada
Area Served Canada, United States
Parent Volvo Buses
Industry Bus manufacturing
Products Transit buses

Nova Bus is a bus manufacturer based in Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volvo Buses.


The original logo used by Nova Bus until 2002. Many Nova vehicles built through 2002 still carry this logo. Note: Exact font used may differ from the actual font.

Nova Bus was created when Motor Coach Industries (MCI) withdrew from the transit market in 1993. Production of the Classic model, which MCI inherited from General Motors Diesel Division (GMDD) with the purchase of their transit division in 1987, continued at Saint-Eustache, Quebec. The RTS model, inherited by Transportation Manufacturing Corporation (TMC) through MCI's purchase of GMDD's transit division, was also continued.

Nova Bus produced the last Classic in 1997, and the last RTS in 2003. Due to poor sales, Nova Bus withdrew from the United States market and closed the Roswell, New Mexico and Schenectady, New York plant in 2002.

On February 2, 2008, Nova Bus announced plans for the construction of a new assembly plant in Plattsburgh, New York.[1] This marked Nova Bus's return to the US market. The plant was officially open on June 15, 2009.[2]

Electro Mobility and Smart Bus features

Electro Mobility is a system of electric transit solutions designed to increase efficiency and decrease environmental impact. Nova launched their Electro Mobility concept at the 2011 APTA EXPO in New Orleans. The system includes electric accessories and different electric propulsion options such as fully electric, plug-in hybrid electric, electro-magnetic induction, and electric trolleybus. It was also at this time that Nova Bus presented their battery-electric powered LFSe.

Nova Bus first offered electric engine cooling on their LFS in 2009, with such example as a retrofit on an STM hybrid bus using EMP's miniHYBRID system. In 2011, Nova announced their SMART BUS concept which centred on their own eCooling electric engine cooling system. This includes a Modine radiator. More electric accessories became available such as electric power steering and HVAC. Other features were later promoted under the SMART BUS moniker. These included the new interior design, a new rear design incorporating a 2013 Cummins engine, HePEX tubing, and thermoplastic skirt panels (which have been offered since the introduction of the LFS). Nova's parent Volvo has used the HePEX tubing system (crosslinked polyethylene tubing) for a number of years in their buses.


  • St-François-du-Lac (155 Boul. Marie-Victorin, St-François-du-Lac, Quebec) - manufactures LFS structures and several other parts and components for both assembly plants[3]
  • Saint-Eustache (1000 Boul. Industriel, St-Eustache, Quebec) - Headquarters, as well as full assembly of LFS'[4]
  • Plattsburgh (260 Banker Rd., Plattsburgh, NY) - full assembly of LFS' for USA customers[5]

Current products

  • LFS - 40 foot low floor transit bus with standard diesel drivetrain. Launched in 1995. Available in Suburban and Shuttle configurations since 2005.
    • LFSe - 40 foot low floor transit bus with electric drivetrain. Launched in 2011.
    • LFS HEV - 40 foot low floor transit bus with diesel electric hybrid drivetrain. Launched in 2006.
    • LFS Natural Gas - 40 foot low floor transit bus with compressed natural gas drivetrain. Launched in 2013.
  • LFS Artic - 62 foot low floor articulated transit bus. Launched in 2008.
  • LFX - BRT styling. Launched in 2008.

Past products

See also


  1. Heath, Dan (02 February 2008). Bus-assembly plant proposed for Plattsburgh. Press Republican (Plattsburgh). Retrieved on 03 August 2009.
  2. Nova Bus’ Plattsburgh plant officially open (Press release). Nova Bus. 15 June 2009. Retrieved on 03 August 2009.
  3. Facilities – St-François-du-Lac, Retrieved on 03 August 2009.
  4. Facilities – St-Eustache, Retrieved on 03 August 2009.
  5. Facilities – Plattsburgh, Retrieved on 03 August 2009.

External links

Nova Bus
Low Floor Series LFS Transit · LFS Suburban · LFS Shuttle · LFS HEV · LFS Natural Gas · LFSe · LFS Artic · LFX
Rapid Transit Series RTS-06 · RTS-06 WFD
Classic TC40-102N · TC60-102N
Transit Buses
Types Articulated Bus · Bus Rapid Transit · Double Decker Bus · Low Floor Bus · Highway Coach · Shuttle Bus · Trolley Bus
Fuel Compressed Natural Gas · Diesel · Diesel-Electric Hybrid · Gasoline · Hydrogen Fuel Cell · Liquified Natural Gas
Manufacturers Alexander Dennis · Blue Bird · BYD Auto · Commercial Truck Equipment Co. · ElDorado National · Environmental Performance Vehicles · Ford · Gillig · IC Bus · Motor Coach Industries · New Flyer Industries · North American Bus Industries · Nova Bus · Optima Bus · Orion International · Prevost Car · Proterra · Setra · Stewart & Stevenson · Thomas Built Buses · Van Hool
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