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OC Transpo to Add 51 Electric Buses to Its Fleet, Supporting Zero-Emission Initiative

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OC Transpo, the public transport provider serving Ottawa, Ontario, and Gatineau, Québec, has announced the purchase of 51 units of the electric city bus LFSe+ from Nova Bus, a Canadian company acquired by the Swedish Volvo Group in 2004. This procurement is part of OC Transpo’s zero-emission bus program, which aims to transition the entire bus fleet to zero-emission vehicles by 2036.

The LFSe+ model has proven to be highly successful, with ten public transport operators in Quebec collectively ordering 1229 electric buses of this type last year, including 339 as permanent orders and 890 as options. According to Nova Bus, the LFSe+ is a durable, safe, and sustainable all-electric bus model built on the reliable LFS platform, which has been familiar to many Canadian transport companies for years. The LFSe+ reduces greenhouse gas emissions, lowers operating costs, and is already in successful year-round service in several Canadian cities.

“Nova Bus is incredibly proud to be working with OC Transpo to support its transition to a zero-emission bus fleet,” said Paul Le Houillier, President of Nova Bus. “We fully understand the importance of this milestone and commend OC Transpo for its ambitious plan. We are as committed as all our partners in the transit community to make this transition a reality by providing safe, sustainable, and reliable electric buses. We are very much looking forward to seeing the first OC Transpo LFSe+ buses on the streets in Ottawa.”

The move to add 51 electric buses is a significant step for OC Transpo as it progresses towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly public transport system. This initiative aligns with broader efforts worldwide to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change.

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