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Nova Bus Upgrades Quebec, Canada, Manufacturing Plants

Nova Bus, a division of the Volvo Group and a leading North American transit bus manufacturer, will invest in an upgrade of the company’s manufacturing facilities in Saint-Eustache and Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada.

Company officials said they are making an investment towards electromobility, modernization of its manufacturing facilities and processes. Upgrades in production plans include innovative energy-efficient processes and digital technologies to increase operational efficiency. In addition, this will strengthen the company’s research and development abilities towards zero emission transit buses.

“We are very proud to partner with the Canadian government in order to contribute to the innovative zero-emission vehicle manufacturing sector and help Canada to achieve its sustainability and greener economy targets” said Martin Lundstedt, CEO of the Volvo Group.

In support of this Transformation Project, the Government of Canada, through the Strategic Innovation Fund, will make a financial contribution of $15 million toward a total investment of $184.8 million. The contribution will support Nova Bus’ Transformation Project and electrification strategy, which began in 2017. The plant modernization phase began in the fall of 2020 with the expansion of the Saint-François-du-Lac facility and the addition of manufacturing capability in the Saint-Eustache area.

“As we continue to safely restart our economy, it is important to do so in a strategic way and with a long-term vision. One of the ways to achieve this is by helping Canada and businesses here at home become world leaders in green transportation manufacturing. Nova Bus is a vital part of this journey toward electrification and a future marked by sustainable growth, dependable jobs and global leadership. Our government will continue to support businesses to ensure they can participate in the efforts toward a clean growth economy, including by investing in sustainable public transit and zero-emission vehicles,” The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

Nova Bus is a leading provider of sustainable transportation solutions in North America. Its portfolio includes electric buses and hybrid buses, high-capacity vehicles and integrated intelligent transport systems. As part of its Electro Mobility strategy, Nova Bus is moving forward with the electrification of key vehicle components to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

“We are thrilled to continue to invest in the modernization of our facilities and to integrate new technological processes to produce buses that meet the needs of our customers and transit users,” said Ralph Acs, Senior Vice President, Region North America for Volvo Buses and President of Nova Bus.

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