Nova Bus was awarded a contract for five LFSe+, the 40-foot long-range battery electric bus model of Nova Bus, by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro).
The five LFSe+ buses will be assembled at the Nova Bus facility in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and will be part of Metro's Battery-Electric Bus Test and Evaluation program.
The electric bus pilot program is a key milestone towards achieving Metro's zero-emission bus goals that include phased conversion of its fleet of over 1,500 buses to a 100% zero-emission bus fleet by 2045, with an interim goal of all new buses entering service being zero-emission by 2030. The five Nova Bus LFSe+ buses will allow Metro to collect data and build knowledge on electric bus operations to inform scaling of its transition plan.
With an electric drive motor coupled with BAE Systems' next-generation power electronics focused on efficiency, the Nova Bus LFSe+ long-range electric bus provides reduced maintenance costs and improves air quality by eliminating all emission of pollutants and greenhouse gases, according to the company.