The STM orders four new fast-charging electric buses from Nova bus to offer fully electrified service on the 36 - Monk bus line.
Montréal, September 17, 2018 – Following a call for tenders that ended in July 2018, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has announced that it has awarded a $5.6 million contract to Nova Bus to acquire four new 12-metre LFSe fast-charging electric buses, to be delivered at the end of 2019.
The acquisition of these buses will be funded through various government public transit assistance programs in place.
A first for Quebec
Deployment of these four additional electric vehicles means that the STM will be able to serve the 36 Monk line exclusively with electric buses — a first for Quebec. Three fast-charging electric buses built by Nova Bus are already in service on this line, as part of the City Mobility project. The results since the start of the tests have been conclusive, and the Nova Bus vehicles have chalked up over 100,000 kilometres and 11,000 fast charges, with an average of three minutes per charge.
Improved transit experience
Transit users and drivers have a positive impression of their experience aboard these vehicles, thanks to the buses’ smooth ride, comfort and low noise level. Future buses will be air conditioned and have a front ramp and two spaces for wheelchairs.
Accelerated electrification strategy
The latest order means the delivery and deployment of 38
electric buses over the coming years, with four mid-size slow-charging and 30 regular-size slow-charging electric buses, plus the four new fast-charging buses. These acquisitions are part of the STM’s Operational Strategic Plan, which calls for the purchase of only electric buses by 2025 to make its surface transit system 100% electric. The new vehicles will enable the STM to acquire knowledge and achieve new milestones in the electrification of its bus fleet. They will also give passengers the opportunity to experience the benefits of electric transit.
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