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Milwaukee Chooses Nova Bus

The Nova Bus LFSe wearing the colors of the Milwaukee County transit system. Photo: Nova Bus

The Milwaukee County Transit System has selected Nova Bus to supply 15 LFSe+ electric buses, the first LFSe+ order in the United States for Nova Bus.

St. Eustache-based Nova Bus, a leading manufacturer of transit buses in North America, announced on March 11 that it has been selected to supply 15 LFSe+ buses, its long-range electric buses, to the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS).

It is Wisconsin’s largest urban transit agency and Milwaukee County’s primary urban transportation provider and Nova Bus’ first order of LFSe+ electric buses in the United States.

“Nova Bus’ state-of-the-art electric buses will transform public transportation in Milwaukee, improving reliability, service, safety and capacity, while helping the environment,” said New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

“I am especially proud that the electric buses will be built right here in New York State, solidifying the state’s position as a leader in manufacturing clean energy and transportation technologies. As we work to combat climate change, zero-emission public transportation and transportation infrastructure like Nova Bus’ electric vehicles will be critical to achieving a cleaner future,” He adds.

“We look forward to introducing the Nova Bus LFSe+ buses to the Milwaukee community,” said Martin Larose, vice president and general manager of Nova Bus. “These electric buses, which represent the perfect combination of our proven expertise with the latest innovations in clean and sustainable technologies, are the perfect choice for MCTS’ innovative East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, the first project of its kind in Wisconsin, which will efficiently connect downtown Milwaukee travelers and expand the state’s sustainable transportation footprint.”

“We would like to congratulate Nova Bus on this first electric bus sale in the United States. This is another tangible recognition of Quebec’s excellence and innovation and we are very proud of it.” said Martine Hébert, Quebec’s delegate in the American Midwest.

“Moreover, the decarbonization objectives in the United States and in the Midwest point to a promising future for our Quebec flagships, such as Nova Bus, which offer green, North American and concrete solutions in key areas such as public transit. We obviously intend to continue to support them in their quest for new markets and to promote Quebec know-how,” adds Martine Hébert.

“With a fleet of 370 clean diesel buses and a dedicated team of 1,100 drivers, mechanics and administrative staff, the MCTS provides nearly 29 million trips each year and generates a significant economic impact for the region. “She points out.

“Alternative fuel buses are the future of public transportation,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “Nova Bus’ battery-electric buses will help us transition to greener, more sustainable and more efficient urban transportation for our community. Innovative technologies like this help strengthen the overall system and advance racial equity by improving access to jobs, education, health care, grocery stores and other critical destinations, ” explains Mrs Hebert.

Designed on the LFS platform, which has a safety record of more than 20 years, this bus is built to be just as reliable. In addition, the Nova Bus LFSe, upon which the LFSe+ is based, was the first electric bus in the industry to achieve a passing score on Altoona’s comprehensive test in June 2018.

The new LFSe+ integrates the traction motor and power electronics, which use advanced materials such as silicon carbide to improve heat management. The reduced weight and increased power density of this technology also contributes to bus performance and durability.

Powered by an integrated modular system, the electric motor significantly reduces maintenance costs and emits no greenhouse gases.

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