BAE Systems to Power North America’s Largest Electric Bus Order

BAE Systems has announced that it will provide its Gen3 electric drive system for up to 1,229 Nova Bus battery-electric buses ordered by the Association du Transport Urbain du Québec (ATUQ).

Last month, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) collaborated with ATUQ to order 339 LFSe+ long-range electric buses from Nova Bus. This contract also includes options for an additional 890 additional units to be delivered to transport authorities in Québec, marking the largest battery-electric bus order to date in North America.

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The LFSe+ offers a long driving range and reduced maintenance costs alongside eliminating all tailpipe emissions

To power these buses, BAE Systems will provide its electric drive systems to Nova Bus, who will construct the LFSe+ frames at Saint-François-du-Lac. The buses will then be assembled at its Saint-Eustache facility.

Marc-Andre Varin, general manager of ATUQ said:

“This order represents our collective commitment to improving air quality, meeting the provincial government's ambitious targets and contributing to Canada’s zero-emission future. BAE Systems has been with us from the beginning of our journey, starting with electric-hybrids and now the switch to all-electric buses. This is a big leap forward in our plans to provide sustainable transit service.”

BAE Systems’ Gen3 system is the company’s latest electric drive system, featuring an electric motor and advanced power electronics.

It uses silicon carbide to improve heat management, provide lightweight components, and increase electrical efficiency for enhanced vehicle performance.

In addition, its flexible design offers a reduced number of connections to create a compact system that allows the buses to travel longer distances on a single charge.

Bob Lamanna, vice president and general manager of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems said:

“We are proud to advance the transition to zero-emission public transportation in Quebec. This order marks the next step toward full fleet electrification – delivering reliable, high-performance systems to help ATUQ’s members reach their environmental goals.”

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