Nova Bus Vehicle Identification Number Explanation

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The Vehicle Identification Number codes used by Nova Bus have changed through the years. Moreover, codes used for RTS buses are completely different from those used for Classic and LFS buses. Here are a few snapshots of the code master list that should help deciphering the majority of Nova Bus VIN codes.

RTS

US-built RTS buses, list revised October 1998.

Digit position Designation Description
1-3 4RK Manufacturer's Identifier (Nova BUS Incorporated)
4 L
M
N
P
A
B
C
X
Model T806
Model T802
Model T706
Model T702
Model T602
Model T606
Model T8.502
Experimental Vehicle Under Development
5 W
N
L
X
RTS Wide Front Door
RTS Narrow Front Door
RTS Low Floor/WFD
RTS Low Floor/NFD
6 T
H
E
Transit Bus "V" Drive
Hybrid Transit Bus
Transit Bus "T" Drive
7 J
H
G
F
E
K
L
M
N
X
Series 50G, 518 Cubic Inches, Natural Gas Engine, 4 Cylinder, Brake HP 275
Cummins M11, 661 Cubic Inches, Diesel Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 280
Detroit Diesel Series 50, 518 Cubic Inches, Diesel Engine, 4 Cylinder, Brake HP 275
Cummins C8.3-275, 504 Cubic Inches, Diesel Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 275
Cummins L10-280G, 610 Cubic Inches, Natural Gas Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 280
Cummins C8.3G-250 Natural Gas Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 250
Detroit Diesel Series 50, 518 Cubic Inches, Diesel Engine, 4 Cylinder, Brake HP 250
Cummins B Series 5.9 Liter, Diesel Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 230
Cummins C8.3-250, 8.3 Liters, Diesel Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 250
Auxiliary power unit for hybrid propulsion system
8 A Air Brake
9 0-9 or X Check Digit
10 W Current Model Year (1998)
11 R Plant or Manufacturer (Roswell)
12-17 * First Unit Number (*starting at 830405 for Nova BUS Incorporated)


US-built RTS buses, list revised January 2000 and April 2002 (major changes in bold).

Digit position Designation Description
1-3 4RK World Manufacturer Identifier (Nova BUS, Incorporated)
4 D
E
F
G
H
J
K

X
Model of Length 40' x Width 96"
Model of Length 40' x Width 102"
Model of Length 35' x Width 96"
Model of Length 35' x Width 102"
Model of Length 30' x Width 96"
Model of Length 30' x Width 102"
Model of Length 42' x Width 102"

Experimental Vehicle Under Development
5 W
N
L
RTS Wide Front Door
RTS Narrow Front Door
RTS Low Floor/WFD
6 T
H
E
Transit Bus "V" Drive
Hybrid Transit Bus
Transit Bus "T" Drive
7 J
H
G
F
E
K
L
M
N
X
P
R
Series 50 CNG 275 HP
Cummins M11, 661 Cubic Inches, Diesel Engine, 6 Cylinder
Detroit Diesel Series 50, 518 Cubic Inches, Diesel Engine, 4 Cylinder, Brake HP 275
Cummins C8.3-275 Brake HP 275, or ISC-280 Brake HP 280, 504 Cubic Inches, Diesel Engine, 6 Cylinder
Cummins L10-280G, 610 Cubic Inches, Natural Gas Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 280
Cummins C8.3G-250 Natural Gas Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 250
Detroit Diesel Series 50, 518 Cubic Inches, Diesel Engine, 4 Cylinder, Brake HP 250
Cummins B Series 5.9 Liter, Diesel Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 230
Cummins C8.3-250, 8.3 Liters, Diesel Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 250
Auxiliary Power Unit for Hybrid Propulsion System
Cummins ISM 280, 661 Cubic Inches, Diesel Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 280
Cummins C8.3G 280 Natural Gas Engine, 6 Cylinder, Brake HP 280
(added in April 2002)
8 A Air Brake
9 0-9 or X Check Digit
10 Y Current Model Year (2000)
11 R Plant or Manufacturer (Roswell)
12-17 * Sequential Production Number

Classic and LFS

Canadian- and US-built Classic and LFS buses, list revised September 2022.[1]

Digit position Designation Description
1-3
2NV
4RK
Maker Identifier Code
NovaBus, a Division of Volvo Group Canada Inc.
NovaBus - LFS, a Division of Prevost Car (US) Inc.
4
Y
Brake System
Air
5
T
R
L
S
Line
Classic (obsolete)
Classic Articulated (obsolete)
Low Floor
LFS Articulated
6
8
9
Length of Vehicle
40 Ft. Lg.
60 Ft. Lg.
7
2
Width of Vehicle or Body Type
102 In. Wide
8
A
B
J (1st)
J (2nd)
K (1st)
K (2nd)
L (1st)
L (2nd)
M (1st)
M (2nd)
N
P
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
Engine Code
Cummins ISL G
Hybrid Cummins ISL - BAE TB-300
Detroit Diesel 6V92 (obsolete)
Cummins ISL9 (2013-current)
Cummins 8.3L (obsolete)
Cummins Westport ISL G (2013-current)
Cummins L10 G (obsolete)
Hybrid Cummins ISB6.7 - BAE HDS 200 (2013-current)
Cummins M11 (obsolete)
Electric (current)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 (obsolete)
Detroit Diesel Series 40 (obsolete)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Propane (obsolete)
Cummins ISC (obsolete)
No Power Train (obsolete)
Cummins ISL/ISL9 (obsolete)
Cummins ISC Non Transit (obsolete)
Hybrid Cummins ISL - Allison EP 40 (obsolete)
Hybrid Cummins ISB - Allison EP 40 (obsolete)
Hybrid Cummins ISL - Allison EP 50 (obsolete)
Hybrid Cummins ISB - BAE TB-200 (obsolete)
9 0-9 or X Check Digit
10 * Model Year
11
3
4
9
B
Assembly Plant
St. Eustache Plant (1000 Industrial Blvd.)
Plattsburgh Plant (to 2015)
Plattsburgh Plant (eff. 2016)
St. Eustache Plant (500 Condor St.)
12-17 * Sequence Number


St. Eustache Plant
until 2011 - starts from 000001 each year
2012-2015 - continues from last number of 2011[2]
2016-present - starts at 750000 and ends at 774999
Plattsburgh Plant
until 2011 - starts from 000001 each year
2012-2015 - 500001-501285
2016-present - starts at 775000 and ends at 799999

References

  1. (ORG20872), letter from Nova Bus dated September 15, 2022.
  2. The first 2012 VIN in sequence was C3000597, but there were several C VINs that fell numerically before this break; namely C3000346-C3000351, C3000353-C3000355, C3000367 and C3000377.


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Nova Bus Vehicle Identification Number Explanation