GÖTEBORG, Sweden—Volvo Buses’ North American subsidiary, Nova Bus, has received an order for 475 hybrid buses from Quebec. This is the single largest order for hybrid vehicles that the Volvo Group has ever signed to date, the company said. Delivery of the LFS HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) buses will start in 2014. The order also encompasses an option for a further 1,200 vehicles. The customer, ATUQ, is a consortium consisting of the province’s nine transit authorities, said the company.
“This order underlines the strong relationship ATUQ and Nova Bus have developed over the years,” said Jean-Pierre Baracat, president of Nova Bus. “ATUQ has renewed its confidence in our vehicles once again, and we are glad to continue to work together to further enhance transit services in our communities.”
Compared with conventional diesel-powered buses, the Nova LFS HEV offers about 30-percent lower fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, said Volvo Buses. The company said that Nova Bus is developing other environmentally sustainable solutions such as plug-in hybrids and all-electric buses.