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New Flyer Canada wins contract to manufacture 40 transit buses for Montreal and Laval


August 27, 2018
By The Canadian Press

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August 27, 2018 – North America’s largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer says the transit commissions of Montreal and Laval, Que., have placed Canada’s largest order for battery-electric buses.

New Flyer Canada, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., says it beat two competitors to win a contract for 40 zero-emission Xcelsior Charge transit buses from the transit agencies in Quebec’s two largest cities.

A notice to build the buses is expected after a nine-month review of a pilot bus slated to be given the green light Oct. 31.

The order for 30 buses from Montreal’s transit authority (STM) and 10 from Laval’s transit agency is supported by funding from the provincial and federal governments.

Both transit authorities operate battery-electric bus pilot programs as they aim to become fully electric in the future.

The Winnipeg-based company says these buses are already operating in Toronto, Vancouver and several large American cities.

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