Nova Bus has supplied 100% electric buses to the City of Montreal as part of the Montreal City Mobility project, an initiative of Volvo and its North American division, Nova Bus, aiming to make Montreal a showcase for technologies associated with electromobility.
As reported, these buses were delivered by Nova Bus factories in Saint-Eustache and Saint-François-du-Lac, Quebec. It is within the framework of the Montreal City Mobility project that three buses will circulate in order to continue the observations on this new electric bus operating in the city.
These vehicles were acquired by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) in accordance with a financial support from the Green Fund of the government of Quebec.
Quebec Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification Laurent Lessard; the minister of sustainable development, environment and the fight against climate change, David Heurtel; Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre; and Philippe Schnobb, chairman of the board of the STM made the announcement last week.
Nova Bus is responsible for the development of the buses and will support the STM throughout the evaluation of the project.
“It is a great feeling for our team to be part of changing our world, making it a greener place and helping our commuter travel with great comfort and peace of mind,” says Ralph Acs, president of Nova Bus and prevost divisions and senior vice president of business in the Americas.
“City Mobility is a program that is already established elsewhere in the world – in innovative cities that offer effective, safe and sustainable solutions. This collaboration with our partners illustrates all the Quebec know-how deployed in the service of the metropolis,” says Martin Larose, vice president of the Nova Bus project management office.
The Action Plan on Transport Electrification 2015-2020 aims to do the following:
- Achieve a target of 100,000 rechargeable electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles registered in Quebec;
- Reduce 150,000 tons of annual emissions of greenhouse gases produced by transportation, thereby contributing to the objectives of combating climate change in Quebec and improving air quality;
- Reduce 66 million liters of fuel consumed annually in Quebec; and
- Achieve 5,000 jobs in the electric vehicle sector and total investments of about $500 million.