Nova Bus LFS Artic

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Nova Bus LFS Artic
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Years of manufacture 2007 to present
Length 62 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel or diesel-electric hybrid
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The Nova Bus LFS Artic is an articulated version of the Nova Bus LFS and is made for high ridership routes or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems. The LFS Artic had its formal unveiling at the 2007 CUTA Trans-Expo.


The first prototype was built using the front section of a first generation LFS and the rear portion of a second generation Chicago Transit Authority LFS demonstration unit. A second, more refined prototype was built in 2005 and operated in service with the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) as well as the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Both prototypes had the same offside engine placement as the 40 foot LFS. The next prototype was built with the newly developed third generation rear. This design places the engine at the center of the rear rather than offset.

In 2007, Nova Bus and the Association du transport urbain du Québec, which represents the major transit agencies in the province, signed a contract for the supply of articulated buses. Nova Bus built two demonstrators that toured Québec, soliciting feedback from passengers and agencies. The first production buses were delivered to the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) in 2009.

In 2010, Connecticut Transit placed an order for a batch of hybrid LFS Artic buses, the first of this model configuration. Currently, Nova has not designated the hybrid LFS Artic as its own model like they did with the 40 foot Nova Bus LFS HEV. Connecticut received their first bus in late 2011. The Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) became the first Canadian operator to purchase the LFS Artic HEV after receiving a pilot bus at the beginning of 2016. The RTC also received the same hybrid articulated model later in the year.



Length: 62' / 18.9m
Width: 102" / 2.6m
Height: 126" / 3.20m (4th gen rear, diesel), 124" / 3.15m (3rd gen rear, diesel)
131" / 3.32m (4th gen rear, HEV), 128" / 3.25 (3rd gen rear, HEV)
Wheelbase: 244" and 253", front to rear
Turning radius: 44' 8" / 13.6m
Engine Emissions Availability
Cummins ISL 8.9L, 330 hp EPA 2007 2007 to 2010
Cummins ISL9 8.9L, 330 hp EPA 2010, ODB13, GHG14, ODB16 2010 to 2017
Cummins L9 8.9L, 330 hp GHG17 2017 onward
Transmission Availability
Allison B500R 2007 onward
Voith D864.5 2007 to 2017
Voith D864.6 2017 onward
ZF 6AP1700B 2010 onward
ZF 6HP604C 2007 to 2010
Hybrid system Availability
Allison H 50 EP (parallel) 2011 onward
BAE Systems HDS 300 (series) 2015 onward
Front Axle Availability
ZF RL 85 2007 onward
Centre Axle Availability
ZF AVN 132 2007 onward
Rear/Drive Axle Availability
ZF AV 132 2007 to 2018
ZF AV 133 2018 onward
All wheel disc brakes w/ ABS & traction control
Front and rear: Michelin XZU2 305-70R22.5
Centre: Continental HDU1 385-55RR22.5
Electric system
Volvo Bus Electronic Architecture
HVAC Availability
Mobile Climate Control heater 2007 onward
Mobile Climate Control ECO353 2014 onward
Carrier RF-353 with 05G compressor 2007 to 2014
Thermo King Athenia with X430 compressor 2010 onward
Thermo King LRT 2007 to 2010
Fuel tank capacity
123.6 US gallon / 468L
Passenger capacity
Seating: 62 passengers
Standees: 60 passengers


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Demonstrator and engineering units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses

Thumbnail Date VIN Engine Transmission Notes
  • Made up of the front of a 1st gen and rear of a 2nd gen CTA demo.
  • Used offset powertrain.
  • Blue stripe livery.
  • Demoed with RTC in March 2005.
  • Demoed with STM in April 2005 [1]
  • Stored at Nova Bus (St-Eustache QC) until donated to École des Métiers de l’Équipement Motorisé de Montréal in September 2009.[2]
190-01 Nova Bus 190-01-a.jpg 10/2005 2NVYS92U053000180 Cummins ISL ZF 6HP602C
  • Used original style front.
  • Used offset powertrain.
  • Builders' plate: "LFS60102".
  • Operated with RTC from February 14 to March 3, 2006 and RTL from April 16 to 26, 2007.
  • 3rd generation trailer swapped by October 2007 [3]
  • Stored at Nova Bus (St-Eustache QC).
210-01 2006
  • First unit with '3rd generation' rear cap (centered rear window, raised radiator).
  • Tested in New York City in March 2007.
  • Stored at Nova Bus (St-Eustache QC).
09/2007 2NVYS92U773000289 Cummins ISL
(see notes)
Allison B500R
(see notes)
  • Displayed at 2007 CUTA TransExpo in November 2007.
  • Submitted for Altoona test from March to September 2008 (with hybrid battery pack cover).
  • Trailer swapped for standard 3rd generation with Cummins ISL9 and ZF 6AP1700B transmission, EPA 2010 compliant.
  • Submitted for partial Altoona test in March 2010.
  • Stored at Nova Bus (St-Eustache QC).
40881 Nova Bus LFS artic demo 0054 for NYC.jpg 12/2007 2NVYS92U483000011 Cummins ISL Voith D864.5
  • 2008 model.
  • Operated with RTC from January 21 to March 7, 2008.
  • Operated with STM from April to June 2008.
  • Operated with RTL from June to July 2008.
  • Demoed with STO from July to August 2008.
  • Demoed with ST Sherbrooke in August 2008.
  • Operated with MTA NYC Transit as 0054 from January to February 2009.
  • Sold to Saint John Transit as 61878 in September 2009.
40882 2008 2NVYS92U383000050 Cummins ISL ZF 6HP604C
  • Operated with STM in March 2008 and October 2008.
  • Operated with RTC from April to May 2008 and from July to August 2008.
  • Sold to Saint John Transit as 61879 in September 2009.
2009? 93000029
0059 06/2011 4RKYS92U5C4500002 Cummins ISL9 ZF 6AP1700B
2013 D4500276 Cummins ISL9 Allison H 50 EP
  • Parallel HEV demo.
  • SEPTA specification.
05/2014 2NVYS92L5E3001235 Cummins ISL9 BAE Systems HDS 300
  • Series HEV demo.
  • Submitted for Altoona Test June 9, 2016 to March 3, 2017.
2019 4RKYS92J4K9777473 EPA2021 demo
2021 2NVYS92L0M3753066
2021 2NVYS92L3M3753076


  1. Nova LFS artic in Quebec!?,, retrieved on 2010-07-05
  2. Observations du jour,, retrieved on 2010-07-05.
  3. Sightings at the Nova Bus factory,, retrieved on 2010-07-05.
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