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Nova Bus, North American division of Volvo Group, and Societe transport de Montreal have reached an agreement on a proposed electrification of public transit in Montreal. Nova Bus STM today signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of the First Minister of Quebec, Pauline Marois, the president and CEO of the Volvo Group, Olof Persson, President and Board of Directors STM, Michel Labrecque.
This strategic partnership aims to make Montreal a prominent city in matters of innovative solutions for electric public transit. He thus secures with Strategy electrification of transport Government of Quebec, the strategic plan 2020 which provides for the STM to materially reduce its ecological footprint and the objective of the City of Montreal to reduce the gas emissions greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2020 (compared to 1990 levels).
Montreal becomes the first North American city to participate in the program Cite Mobility Volvo Group, which aims to mobilize the key players in the implementation of innovative pilot projects, integrated and sustainable. Cite the Mobility program includes new technologies designed by Volvo, including hybrid and electric vehicles, which allow IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY and reduce the emission rate.
The project aims Cite Mobility Montreal commissioning by the three STM Nova Bus LFSe 100% electric-type pre-production, and in late 2015 for off tests. The autonomy of these buses will be increased using a rapid charge system by conduction (two charging stations in the end). The buses will be operated in LFSe Customer Service on an existing line of STM with average travel time and a fairly high traffic. Testing Customer Service will be effected over a period of three years, from 2016 2018 inclusive. The charging stations will have to be built as they had at each end of the line and the electric bus so will recharge in the end.
"We are proud to strengthen our partnership with the STM and we highlight the efforts of the Government of Quebec in the electrification of public transit in Montreal," stated Olof Persson, president and CEO of the Volvo Group. "We designed the program Cite Mobility to work together with government and municipal authorities around the world to solve the challenges of urban transport and deliver effective, safe and environmentally friendly solutions. "
"The STM aims to become the best public transport company in the world in its category," adds Michel Labrecque, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the STM. "To do this, we adopted in 2010 a strategic plan in 2020, one of whose objectives is the electrification of our network area. So we will gradually replace our fleet of 1,700 diesel buses with hybrid buses and electric and deploy, with support from the Government of Quebec, the First trolleybus lines. But in order to do that acquire electric vehicles starting in 2025, we must be at the forefront of research and development in this matter. Our active participation in this type of demonstration projects allows us to test new technologies in actual operating conditions and to assess the impacts on planning, operations, maintenance and especially the improvement of the service clientele. It is also our way of contributing to GHG reduction targets of the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal. "
Cite the Mobility program is under deployment in several international cities, including Goteborg, Stockholm, Hamburg and Luxembourg.
"The Volvo Group understands the comprehensive transportation solutions for sustainable cities and we are happy to share our expertise with our partners in Montreal. Together we can build a whole new way to get around, "says Olof Persson.
SOURCE Society of Montreal transportation
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