First LFS Hybrid for the province of Quebec
Gatineau, Quebec, February 15, 2007—Nova Bus is pleased to partner with the Société de Transport de l’Outaouais (STO) for the unveiling of the first Hybrid Diesel Electric Vehicle (Nova LFS HEV) in the province of Quebec. The new Nova LFS HEV brings hybrid performance to the LFS (Low-Floor System) platform which has thousands of LFS vehicles already on the road.
Hybrid model delivers
The Nova LFS HEV features the GM Allison Ep40 system, which couples an electric drive and a diesel engine. The electric drive works primarily during acceleration and uses the braking process to generate power. The Nova LFS HEV will deliver its best performances on low speed stop-and-go routes, significantly reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Other advantages are a smoother and quieter ride as well as reducing brake and engine wear. The LFS HEV is one of the lightest vehicles in its category and comes standard with a unique stainless steel structure as well as corrosion-free outside skin panels. While the hybrid system offers a greener alternative to transit needs, the operators can count on the Nova LFS’ proven performances and the company’s unique customer service.
A Nova milestone
The launch of the Nova LFS hybrid electric vehicle is an important milestone for Nova, according to company president and CEO Gilles Dion. “The LFS hybrid electric application shows Nova Bus’ commitment to high quality vehicles and environmental conservation,” he declared.
About Nova Bus
Nova Bus is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volvo Bus Corporation, which provides financial strength, product development capabilities, and quality manufacturing technology from the world’s second largest motor coach and transit bus manufacturing group. Nova Bus is one of the largest manufacturers of city, suburban, and shuttle buses in North America, including the Nova LFS model, a low-floor bus with a complete stainless steel structure. Nova Bus is the first North American heavy-duty bus manufacturer in the urban transportation sector to achieve company-wide ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. The company operates two plants in Canada.
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