Nova Bus was created when Motor Coach Industries (MCI) withdrew from the transit market in 1993. Production of the Classic model, which MCI inherited from General Motors Diesel Division (GMDD) with the purchase of their transit division in 1987, continued at Saint-Eustache, Quebec. The RTS model, inherited by Transportation Manufacturing Corporation (TMC) through MCI's purchase of GMDD's transit division, was also continued.
Nova Bus produced the last Classic in 1997, and the last RTS in 2003. Due to poor sales, Nova Bus withdrew from the United States market and closed the Roswell, New Mexico and Schenectady, New York plant in 2002.
On February 2, 2008, Nova Bus announced plans for the construction of a new assembly plant in Plattsburgh, New York. This marked Nova Bus's return to the US market. The plant was officially open on June 15, 2009.
Electro Mobility and Smart Bus features
Electro Mobility is a system of electric transit solutions designed to increase efficiency and decrease environmental impact. Nova debuted their Electro Mobility concept at the 2011 APTA EXPO in New Orleans. The system includes electric accessories and different electric propulsion options such as fully electric, plug-in hybrid electric, electro-magnetic induction, and electric trolleybus. Nova Bus presented their battery-electric powered LFSe at the 2011 APTA Expo.
Nova Bus first offered electric engine cooling on their LFS in 2009, with such example as a retrofit on an STM hybrid bus using EMP's miniHYBRID system.
In 2011, Nova announced their SMART BUS concept which centred on Nova's own eCooling electric engine cooling system. This includes a Modine radiator. More electric accessories were advertised as being offered, such as electric power steering and HVAC. Other features were later promoted under the SMART BUS moniker. These included the new interior design, a new rear design incorporating a 2013 Cummins engine, HePEX tubing, and thermoplastic skirt panels (which have been offered since the introduction of the LFS). Nova's parent Volvo has used the HePEX tubing system (crosslinked polyethylene tubing) for a number of years in their buses.
- St-François-du-Lac (155 Boul. Marie-Victorin, St-François-du-Lac, Quebec) - manufactures LFS structures and several other parts and components for both assembly plants
- Saint-Eustache (1000 Boul. Industriel, St-Eustache, Quebec) - Headquarters, as well as full assembly of LFS'
- Plattsburgh (260 Banker Rd., Plattsburgh, NY) - full assembly of LFS' for USA customers
- LFS - 40 foot low floor transit bus with a stainless steel structure, diesel engine and wheelchair accessible launched in 1995. Available in Suburban and Shuttle configurations since 2005.
- LFS HEV - 40 foot low floor diesel electric hybrid transit bus using the Allison hybrid system available since 2006.
- LFS Natural Gas - 40 foot low floor compressed natural gas transit bus available since 2013.
- LFS Artic - 62 foot low floor articulated transit bus available since 2008.
- LFX - BRT styling available since 2008.
- RTS - High floor bus developed by General Motors Diesel Division and built by Nova Bus from 1993 to 2003.
- Classic - High floor bus developed by General Motors Diesel Division as alternative to the RTS. Built by Nova bus from 1993 to 1997.
- ↑ Heath, Dan (02 February 2008). Bus-assembly plant proposed for Plattsburgh. Press Republican (Plattsburgh). Retrieved on 03 August 2009.
- ↑ Nova Bus’ Plattsburgh plant officially open (Press release). Nova Bus. 15 June 2009. Retrieved on 03 August 2009.
- ↑ Facilities – St-François-du-Lac, novabus.com. Retrieved on 03 August 2009.
- ↑ Facilities – St-Eustache, novabus.com. Retrieved on 03 August 2009.
- ↑ Facilities – Plattsburgh, novabus.com. Retrieved on 03 August 2009.
|Low Floor Series||LFS Transit · LFS Suburban · LFS Shuttle · LFS HEV · LFS Natural Gas · LFSe · LFS Artic · LFX
|Rapid Transit Series||RTS-06 · RTS-06 WFD
|Classic||TC40-102N · TC60-102N|