Oct. 19—PLATTSBURGH — Nova Bus in Plattsburgh has won a new contract to produce five all-electric buses here.
The company, part of the Volvo Group and one of North America’s leading transit bus manufacturers, has been awarded a contract for five LFSe+, the 40′ long-range 100% battery-electric bus model of Nova Bus, by the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said it was good news for the region on many fronts.
“While a small number, this is a strategically important step on the part of the MTA as it begins its eventual full transition to electric buses,” Douglas said.
“This initial order and others like it by other transit authorities will begin the process of gaining knowledge and preparing for more to come. Quality electric buses are now rolling off the line. in Plattsburgh.”
“We thank the MTA and Governor Kathy Hochul and her administration for advancing the production of environmentally friendly transportation equipment in Upstate New York, and we commend Nova Bus, its skilled workforce and its competent suppliers for this important step.
Assemblyman D. Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) said Nova Bus winning the contract is “an example of why northern leaders have worked so hard over the past 20 years to develop a manufacturing transport cluster in our region”.
“Creating a central location for manufacturing transportation vehicles has allowed organizations like MTA to buy new equipment in New York State and keep that money locally. We’re sure to see more contracts like this as people transition to electric.
“This is a proud time for North Country and Nova Bus, and I will continue to promote and support the transportation manufacturing industry.”
Nova Bus will manufacture the five new electric buses at its Plattsburgh plant on Banker Road in the city of Plattsburgh.
City Supervisor Michael Cashman said Nova Bus’ cutting-edge technology and Plattsburgh’s talented workforce help create great success and make the company a world leader in industry.
“We know it. New York State knows it. Nova knows it,” Cashman said.
“The green economy and electric technology are not a fad. Nova is literally helping to move our state towards a more sustainable future.”
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