Nova Bus announced it has secured a groundbreaking contract for the largest-ever order of electric buses in North America. The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) acting as agent in collaboration with the Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ) has awarded Nova Bus a base order of 339 LFSe+ buses, with an additional 890 units available as an option.
The contract is valued at CA$ 583 million for the base order and CA$ 1,531 million for the option order, with a potential contract value of close to CA$ 2,114 million. The buses will be delivered over a period of three years, commencing in 2025.
It should be mentioned that, remaining in Canada, the city of Ottawa is going to deploy 350 zero emission buses thanks to federal funding. In June 2021 the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) committed up to $400 million in the City of Ottawa’s 450 zero-emission bus expansion.
339 e-buses ordered in Canada
Québec government has set the commitment to electrify public transit with the goal of having 55% of buses on the road being electric by 2030 and every new bus purchase being 100% electric as of 2025.
Nova Bus points out that the ATUQ tender was launched on behalf of nine public transit authorities and one public transit organization in Québec, namely the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the Société de transport de Laval (STL), the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC), the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL), the Société de transport de Lévis (STL), the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO), the Société de transport de Sherbrooke (STS), the Service de Transport en Commun de Trois-Rivières (STTR) and the Société de transport du Saguenay (STS).
Nova Bus LFSe+ frames for this order will be built at Saint-François-du-Lac and the buses will be assembled at the Saint-Eustache facility, in Québec.
“Nova Bus is very proud to be a long-term partner of ATUQ and its members: we have delivered more than 6,000 buses in Québec since 1997,” stated Ralph Acs, President of Nova Bus. “We are honored to continue this collaboration by supporting Quebec public transit authorities in their transition to electromobility and to be part of this new chapter we are writing together to collectively contribute to the fight against climate change.”