Québec transit authorities order 1,229 electric buses using BAE Systems’ Gen3 drive system

The Association du Transport Urbain du Québec (ATUQ), which represents 10 public transit authorities serving the major urban centers in the province of Québec, has ordered up to 1,229 battery-electric buses using BAE Systems’ Gen3 electric drive system

BAE Systems will provide its electric drive systems to Nova Bus for integration on the buses. There are already some 1,800 buses in the province powered by BAE Systems’ technology.

Gen3, BAE Systems’ latest electric drive system, features an electric motor and integrated power electronics. It uses silicon carbide to improve heat management. According to BAE, the lightweight components, flexible design and reduced number of connections create a compact system and help to maximize vehicle range.

“This order marks the next step toward full fleet electrification—delivering reliable, high-performance systems to help ATUQ’s members reach their environmental goals,” said Bob Lamanna, VP of Power & Propulsion Solutions at BAE Systems.

“This order represents our collective commitment to improving air quality, meeting the provincial government’s ambitious targets and contributing to Canada’s zero-emission future,” said Marc-Andre Varin, General Manager of ATUQ. “BAE Systems has been with us from the beginning of our journey, starting with hybrids and now the switch to all-electric buses.”

Source: BAE Systems

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