I went directly from Ireland to visit our Nova bus colleagues in Montreal or, to be accurate, in St. Eustache.
The morning jogging went up the Mont Royal, named by Jacques Cartier the 2nd of October 1535 as he was guided there by Hochelaga Indians. The mountain in turn gave name to the city (Montreal) that later grew next to the lake St-Louis. The climb was breathtaking and so was the panorama that attracted quite a number of visitors already 6.30 in the morning.
Before lunch I got the opportunity to visit STM the establishment operating the buses in the Montreal area.
It is of particular interest for me to follow the development of our Nova bus hybrids and their performance in Montreal dense traffic conditions.
After lunch I visited the Nova Bus Plant with Jean-Pierre Baracat, (Nova VP). We discussed life cycle environmental analysis and priorities of material selection, emissions, fuel consumption and other prioritised areas. Nova buses are built on a self carrying body, I.e. there is no chassis. This gives a very stable and durable construction that brings a series of advantages. Before leaving, I had a ride with the 40 foot version of the hybrid. The take-off, noise and gear shifting quality of the drive train doubtlessly is impressive.
Nova Low Floor city bus, here in an air port shuttle application.