TransLink will be adding these to their two LFSe vehicles delivered in 2019 as part of the Canadian Consortium for Urban Transportation Research and Innovation Canada-wide Interchangeability Project, totalling their fleet to 17 Nova Bus electric vehicles. These long-range battery-electric buses can travel 340 to 470 km on a single charge.
Built on the proven Nova Bus LFS platform, whose safety track record of more than twenty years, this ground-breaking bus is designed to be just as reliable. In fact, the Nova Bus LFSe, on which the new LFSe+ is modeled, was the first electric bus in the industry to receive a passing score for a full test at Altoona in June 2018. The new LFSe+ integrates the proven traction motor and power electronics which uses advanced materials such as silicon carbide to improve heat management. The lower weight and increased power density contributes to bus performance and durability. Powered by an integrated modular system, the electric motor significantly decreases maintenance costs and emits no greenhouse gas emissions.
TransLink already has one of the biggest electric trolleybus networks in North America, with 262 trolleybuses in service, and a SkyTrain network operating entirely on electricity.