20 Buses, Options for as Many as 166 Over Next Five Years
As Volvo Unit Cracks the Natural Gas Bus Market in the U.S.
Nova Bus confirmed an $11 million contract with Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority for 20 of its LFS Natural Gas buses, with options for up to 166 vehicles over the following five years.
The deal marks the “first LFS natural gas bus partnership in the United States for Nova Bus,” the manufacturer said.
“Buses will run in the streets of the Buffalo Niagara region starting in early 2016,” Nova Bus adds. NFTA oversees public transportation in Erie and Niagara counties in New York State, “and contributes to quality of life improvements in the Buffalo Niagara region, such as smart mobility.”
Type III Tanks and ISL G Engines
The vehicles for NFTA have 8.9-liter ISL G engines from Cummins Westport. Each has nine Type III CNG tanks, roof-mounted.
The buses will be assembled in New York State – Nova Bus has a plant in Plattsburgh, near the Canadian border – and will meet Buy America requirements. Nova Bus and parent Volvo Group “rely on a network of more than 350 component suppliers in the United States, including 47 in New York State alone,” according to the announcement of the NFTA contract.
Nova Bus says that the new CNG buses are to be built on the same low-floor stainless steel platform as vehicles NFTA has used since 2000.
The Nova LFS Natural Gas buses the Nova eCooling system, a proprietary, built-in electric engine cooling design said to significantly reduce fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and life cycle costs.
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