Nova Bus LFSe
|Nova Bus LFSe|
|Years of manufacture||2011 to present|
The Nova Bus LFSe is a battery-electric powered transit bus sold in Canada and the United States. The bus is charged via a pantograph that is lowered from a charging station. With the fast charging system, the bus can be recharged in six minutes and can operate for an average of one hour between charges.
In March 2010, the Quebec government announced in their budget plans for an electric transit bus built in the province for 2013. This was the first project of the Electric Bus Consortium. The companies involved in this project were Nova Bus, Bathium, Giro, Précicad, René Matériaux Composites, and TM4.
In September 2010, Nova Bus held an exchange of ideas with Volvo sister company and electric bus producer, Shanghai Sunwin Bus. Among the ideas discussed was the development of super capacitors for the North American market. In early 2011, the STL was interested in purchasing a fully electric transit bus to trial. Nova Bus responded as did DesignLine International, however the latter's price was more favourable. They were also able to deliver a bus by early 2012 as opposed to 2013.
Nova Bus first presented their LFSe prototype at the 2011 APTA EXPO in New Orleans, Louisiana. A formal presentation was held at their facility in Saint-Eustache, Quebec on September 27, 2012. The version shown was a plug-in vehicle that had a range of 120 kilometres and could be fully charged in four hours.
On November 22, 2013, the STM and Nova Bus signed an agreement for the trial of three LFSe buses in Montreal. Non-service demonstration was scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2015 with regular passenger operation beginning in the fall of 2016. Known as Cité Mobilité, the trial would gather real-world data with respect to electric buses.
Nova Bus introduced their latest iteration of the LFSe, which uses a pantograph rapid charging station developed by Siemens, at the 2014 APTA Expo. The batteries are also distributed and concealed in a different manner to offer a cleaner roofline. Two battery packs are located on the roof and two more are located in the rear.
By the end of December 2016, two charging stations were constructed near Square Victoria and Terminus Angrignon in Montreal. The first of the STM's Cité Mobilité buses was delivered to their LaSalle Garage on December 14, 2016. Non-service testing commenced in January 2017. All three buses entered passenger service on May 24, 2017.
|Length: 40' / 12.2m|
|Width: 102" / 2.6m|
|Height: 130" / 3.32m|
|Wheelbase: 244" / 6.20m|
|Turning radius: 40' 10" / 12.45m|
|TM4 SUMO HD LSM280 230 kW / 2700 Nm|
|Bathium LiFePO4 batteries|
|ZF RL 85|
|ZF AV 132||2011 to 2018|
|ZF AV 133||2018 onward|
|Disk brakes w/ ABS & traction control|
|Thermo King AM2 E700|
|Volvo Bus Electronic Architecture|
|Composite subfloor w/ Altro Transflor or Gerflor Tarabus floors|
- Brampton Transit - Brampton, ON (on order)
- Coast Mountain Bus Company - Metro Vancouver, BC (trial)
- Société de transport de Montréal (STM) - Montréal, QC
- York Region Transit - York Region, ON (on order)
Demonstrator and engineering units
Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses using electric configurations.
- Montreal shows off new electric bus. Montreal Gazette.
- Quebec Economic Action Plan, budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca, retrieved on 2011-10-04
- Canadian NOVA Bus Visited Sunwin. Press release. Shanghai Sunwin Bus, September 2010. Retrieved on 2011-10-04
- Nova Bus shows innovation and technologies at APTA EXPO, novabus.com, retrieved on 2011-10-04
- Sauves, Ewan (27 September 2012). Le premier autobus 100% électrique pour 2014. La Presse. Retrieved on 15 January 2012.
- Montreal to become a city of Electro Mobility. (press release). Nova Bus. Retrieved on 23 November 2013
- ELECTRIFICATION OF TRANSPORTATION: VOLVO-STM CITY MOBILITY PROJECT PRESENTED TO LOCAL ECONOMIC PLAYERS. (press release). Nova Bus. Retrieved on 22 November 2015.