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Canada’s BC Transit Gets Its First Nova Bus All-Electric Buses

Nova Bus on city road with sign on front that says 100% electric bus.
  • Nova Bus has been awarded a contract to supply 33 units of its LFSe+, a 40-foot electric bus, to BC Transit in British Columbia, Canada.
  • The Nova Bus LFSe+ is the company’s fully electric variant, melding traditional reliability with cutting-edge electric technology.
  • BC Transit has showcased unwavering commitment toward its electrification plans since the initiation of its Low Carbon Fleet Program in 2019.

Nova Bus, a renowned member of the Volvo Group and a leading company in electric bus manufacturing in Canada, has recently announced a significant achievement. The company has been awarded a contract to supply 33 units of its LFSe+ 40-foot battery electric buses to BC Transit in British Columbia, Canada.


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This pivotal move marks a substantial step forward for BC Transit in diversifying and greening its fleet, aligning perfectly with its ambitious goal to achieve full fleet electrification by the year 2040. The introduction of these electric buses into BC Transit’s operations is not just a win for sustainable public transportation but also a testament to innovation and environmental stewardship.


Electrifying the Nova Bus Fleet

The LFSe+ stands as a pinnacle of innovation, durability, and commitment to sustainability within the public transportation sector. Built on the tried-and-tested LFS platform, the LFSe+ emerges as the fully electric variant of their bus, melding traditional reliability with cutting-edge electric technology. This long-range electric bus model has been specifically designed to meet the rigorous demands of daily transit operations, offering unparalleled durability and safety features.

With a proven track record of year-round operation in various Canadian cities, including Vancouver, BC, the LFSe+ exemplifies the ability to adapt to and overcome the challenges of diverse climates and urban landscapes. Its successful deployment in these areas showcases not only its operational efficiency but also its contribution to reducing carbon footprints and fostering sustainable urban transportation solutions. The LFSe+ is more than just an electric bus; it is a testament to providing innovative transit solutions that prioritize quality, expertise, and exemplary service.

“We are pleased to partner with Nova Bus to electrify our fleet, which is a significant part of our plan to reduce GHG emissions,” said Erinn Pinkerton, President and Chief Executive Officer for BC Transit. “With other active procurements underway and work advancing on charging infrastructure designs in communities, it’s an exciting time for BC Transit, Nova Bus and our partners!”


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BC Transit has showcased unwavering commitment toward its electrification plans since the initiation of its Low Carbon Fleet Program in 2019. This strategic initiative was set in motion with the aim of systematically implementing a bus replacement strategy that leans heavily on greenhouse gas (GHG) reducing technology.

The recent contract to acquire 33 Nova Bus LFSe+ electric buses is a significant stride toward actualizing BC Transit’s goal of transitioning to a fully electric fleet, underscoring the agency’s prioritization of sustainable and eco-friendly public transportation solutions. Furthermore, BC Transit’s electrification endeavors are perfectly aligned with Canada’s ambitious GHG reduction targets, highlighting a collaborative effort to combat climate change and foster a greener future for all. 


Canada’s Commitment to Greener Transit

In 2023, the Canadian federal government partnered with Quebec to buy 1,229 electric buses. The plan funded 10 public transit organizations to transition their bus fleets to 100% electric. Nova Bus won the contract to manufacture the buses, which was the largest electric bus project in North America.


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