Nova Bus launched the LFSe+, its newest fully-electric bus, at the American Public Transportation Association’s TRANSform Conference in New York City. Built on the Nova LFS platform, the new bus is designed to be just as reliable as its flagship vehicle.
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.
With a total battery capacity of 594 kWh, the LFSe+ has a range that runs between 211 and 292 miles before needing a charge, depending on power demands and 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 an 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.
“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,” said Martin Larose, VP/GM of Nova Bus.