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New York’s MTA orders electric buses from Nova Bus

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In the USA, the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has ordered five LFSe+ electric buses from the Volvo Group subsidiary Nova Bus. The first delivery is expected by the fourth quarter of 2023.

The buses will be assembled at the Nova Bus facility in Plattsburgh, New York State. This purchase is part of the MTA’s goal of transitioning its entire 5,800 bus fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2040. All bus procurements are to be exclusively without tail-pipe emissions by 2029.

While Nova Bus has not revealed technical details of its LSFe+ in announcing the contract, on its website, Nova Bus specifies a battery capacity of up to 564 kWh for a range of 470 km. In addition, the LSFe+ can charge at the depot or connect to overhead lines. The total capacity is 68 passengers (41 seated) for the 12-metre model. The electric buses sport an electric drive motor that is coupled with power electronics from BAE Systems.

“We are delighted that our LFSe+ will be joining the growing MTA fleet of electric buses,” said Martin Larose, President of Nova Bus. “The MTA is a long-standing partner of Nova Bus and we are thrilled to be part of its transition to electromobility, as well as humbled to be supporting its goal of reaching a zero-emission fleet by 2040. We are excited about the future and looking forward to every community benefiting from cleaner air thanks to zero-emission buses in New York.”

According to Nova Bus, the MTA operates the largest public transportation agency in North America, which means a share of 16 per cent of all bus passengers. The transport agency received a grant for  $116 million through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low or No Emission Grant Program. The grant is to enable the public transport provider to purchase battery electric buses that should replace older diesel buses and launch a comprehensive workforce training and development program.

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