Electric Bus Nova Bus introduces the LFSe+, a new long-range electric bus with dual charging options
The leading Canadian transportation company Nova Bus recently launched the LFSe+, an all-electric long-range bus that can run up to 470 kilometers on one charge. In the next 20 years, the electric bus adoption in public transportation is projected to grow from today's 17 percent to just under 60 percent.
The electric bus adoption in public transport urban fleet is currently growing all over the world. Today, about 17 percent of the world's buses are electric—425,000 in total. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects that just under 60 percent of all fleet buses will be electric by 2040, compared to under 40 percent of commercial vans and 30 percent of passenger vehicles.
One company that aims to contribute to the growing e-bus market is the Canadian transport manufacturer Nova Bus which is a part of the Volvo Group. The company has just launched its new fully electric bus LFSe+.
The LFSe+ is built on Nova Bus' successful Nova Bus LFSe platform. The LFSe was the first electric bus in the industry to pass the full test at Altoona in June 2018.
Powered by an integrated modular system
The new LFSe+ integrates the proven traction motor and power electronics from BAE Systems, which uses advanced materials such as silicon carbide to improve heat management. The lower weight and increased power density of the BAE system also contribute to bus performance and durability. Powered by an integrated modular system, the electric motor significantly decreases maintenance costs and emits no greenhouse gas emissions.
"We are committed to always improving our product and processes to reduce pollution and waste in every aspect of our business, and the LFSe+ is our latest demonstration of that commitment," says Martin Larose, Vice-President and General Manager of Nova Bus.
The LFSe+ can run up to 470 kilometers on one charge
With a total battery capacity of 594 kWh, the LFSe+ has range; it can run between 340 and 470 kilometers before needing a charge. The distance the LFSe+ can run on one charge depends on its operating conditions.
The LFSe+ offers dual charging options to keep it going: OppCharge and depot charging. The common-interface OppCharge technology, developed by Volvo and partners, uses a pantograph mounted on external infrastructure for quick charging while in service. Depot charging technology, meanwhile, plugs directly into the bus to provide current to the battery while the bus is parked, for instance overnight.
Nova Bus has three electric bus plants in North America
As part of its Electro Mobility strategy, Nova Bus is moving forward with the electrification of key vehicle components to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
The company has two plants in Quebec, Canada: Saint-Eustache and Saint-François-du-Lac. At these two plants, Nova Bus currently employs more than 1,000 people. The company also has a third plan in North America located in Plattsburgh, New York. The Plattsburgh plant employs more than 300 people.