PREVOST® TEAMS WITH NOVA BUS AT THE APTA EXPO
October 16, 2017, (Sainte Claire, QC) – Prevost and Nova Bus joined together in an impressive and interactive exhibit at the recent American Public Transit Association (APTA) Expo in Atlanta.
Prevost displayed an X3-45 Commuter™ coach equipped with the new Electric Fan Drive introduced earlier this year. Prevost’s Electric Fan Drive is a fully integrated system that eliminates the need for a belt-driven fan; thereby reducing the engine horsepower required to operate the coach. The end result is a up to a 4% improvement in fuel economy. A detached fan drive was also available for a closer, more in-depth look.
On display for Nova Bus were the 100% electric LFSe model and the LFS CNG. The city of Montreal is currently running LFSe vehicles, which offer rapid and fully automatic charging to keep the fully electric buses on schedule. The CNG vehicle which features the latest in clean natural gas technology, was on loan from San Antonio’s VIA public transit.
Customers had access to additional product information such as features, benefits and specifications through touchscreen kiosk next to the coaches. In addition, a cutting edge virtual reality exhibit gave attendees the chance to see and experience the new Nova Bus driver’s cockpit area with greatly improved driver visibility, which will be available on some vehicles in 2018.
Prevost and Nova Bus were official sponsors of EXPO Eats, an area where themed food, drinks and entertainment were offered daily during lunch hours. Themes included BBQ, Taste of Atlanta and Beer Garden. In addition, afternoon concessions were offered in the Expo Eats space, located between Halls B and C.
A desk dedicated to Prevost Parts & Service, which also fully supports the needs of Nova Bus customers, was staffed by Prevost Training and Service personnel. Show attendees were able to discuss parts needs and learn about the availability of service training online, in a classroom setting at Prevost facilities and on site at customer locations.
A press conference was held on Tuesday, October 10th to announce the opening of 4 new Service Centers; making Prevost’s Service Network by far, the most extensive in the industry. In recognition of the direction in which the industry is headed, the progress both Prevost and Nova Bus have made in vehicle electrification was also highlighted.