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Largest State Transit Association in U.S. Authorizes Purchase of Vicinity Buses through Distribution Partner, ABC Companies

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VANCOUVER, BC / July 28, 2021 / Vicinity Motor Corp. (NASDAQ:VEV) (TSXV:VMC) (FSE:6LG) (“Vicinity Motor,” “VMC” or the “Company”) a leading supplier of electric, CNG and clean diesel vehicles, today announced that the MBTA has authorized an award on behalf of the California Association for Coordinated Transportation (“CALACT”) consortium members to select Vicinity buses in a statewide purchasing contract that gives State transit agencies authority to purchase “Buy America” compliant buses directly from the Company’s diverse portfolio through its distribution partner ABC Companies.

CALACT is the largest state transit association in the United States, representing California small, rural and specialized transportation providers statewide. CALACT has over 300 members and is dedicated to promoting professional excellence, stimulating ideas and advocating for effective community transportation.

Vehicles authorized for purchase will be produced at Vicinity’s recently [...]

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Ceremony to be Attended by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Roman Cornell, President of ABC Companies, Vicinity’s U.S. Distribution Partner

Washington State Assembly Facility Slated to Open in 1H 2022

VANCOUVER, BC / July 7, 2021 / Vicinity Motor Corp. (TSXV:VMC)(NASDAQ:VEV)(FSE:6LG) (“Vicinity Motor,” “VMC” or the “Company”) (formerly Grande West Transportation Group Inc.), a leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean diesel vehicles, will host a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the Company’s new “Buy America compliant” vehicle assembly facility in Ferndale, Washington on Friday, July 9, 2021.

The new facility will be the Company’s first U.S. assembly plant for Vicinity Motor Corp.’s growing line of electric, CNG, gas and clean diesel vehicles. The property is located near the Company’s Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada Headquarters with easy access to port, rail and truck shipping and receiving facilities. Operations at the facility will include Buy [...]

California, July 2021 – ViriCiti, the leading telematics provider for electric buses, will bring its world-class fleet management expertise to electric motorcoaches via its latest partnership with ABC Companies, exclusive distributor and reseller of Van Hool motorcoaches in North America. 

The two companies announced that ABC Connect Telematics, which is used to manage all Van Hool CX45E electric motorcoaches, will be powered by ViriCiti. This comes as a result of a long-standing collaboration, where ViriCiti is already monitoring 290 diesel and electric motorcoaches under the ABC Connect telematics program. 

Efficiency as key focus 

The battery electric motorcoaches, which are currently used for corporate commuter shuttle-service in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, will be monitored by [...]

Longtime ABC Customer Celebrates 100 Years of 100% Commitment to the Motorcoach Industry, Built on Family Values. 

 WINTER GARDEN, FL, June 10, 2021 – Croswell Bus Lines, Inc. a leading tour, charter and ground transportation provider based in Williamsburg, OH celebrates 100 years of providing transportation services across the United States. The company was founded in 1921 by R.S. Croswell and his wife 

Jesse and provided line run service to workers and military personnel between Portsmouth and Cincinnati, OH. 

Today, four generations later, the business has grown to become a respected and reliable ground transport resource throughout the Midwest, providing a wide range of tour and charter service for corporations, professional athletic teams and leisure travelers, institutional and university shuttle service and local and small group passenger transport utilizing its diversified fleet of full-size, luxury motorcoaches, mini-coaches, sprinter and passenger vans. 

Built on a solid foundation of family values, and a 24/7 work ethic, the Croswell [...]

Partnership further enhances customer satisfaction for United States based customers 

Winter Garden, FL – April 15, 2021: ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport equipment, parts, service and technical support in North America has been designated as the Eberspächer Certified Service Partner for the United States. After an extensive vetting process, Eberspächer selected ABC Companies’ Speciality Vehicles and Technologies (SVT) division to provide Eberspächer customers a comprehensive range of service, parts and dedicated technical support. This new program is part of Eberspächer’s ongoing enhancements in customer satisfaction for motorcoach and transit customers, including emerging zero emissions electric vehicles (ZEV). 

As a qualified Eberspächer Service Partner, ABC SVT and ABC Parts Source divisions will support Eberspächer HVAC systems within the OE and replacement markets, providing access to parts and service directly through a nationwide parts and service network. Offering numerous benefits including onsite repairs at customer locations, as well as mobile [...]

 Available for Sale to U.S. Operators, Fall 2021. 

Winter Garden, FL – April 6, 2021, ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport equipment in the USA and Canada, announced that it has placed an initial order for 10 Vicinity Lightning™ EV buses with its new U.S. distribution partner, Grande West, a leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean diesel buses. The ABC distributorship supports Grande West’s focus on U.S. expansion as it begins marketing the fully Buy America compliant Vicinity™ heavy duty mid-size bus, the Vicinity Lightning™ EV and Vicinity™ LT light duty models to new and existing customers. 

The new Vicinity Lightning™ EV buses currently on order will bring a unique 28’ low floor offering to 

the U.S. marketplace. With a flexible floorplan utilizing proven components such as BMW sourced battery packs, modules and components, public and private customers will be able to offer zero emission transportation to [...]

On behalf of the OEMs and operators who have volunteered their staff, resources and funds to make “Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness” (MR4A) in Washington, D.C. on May 13th a reality, the event committee has agreed to launch a “GoFundMe” campaign. The campaign is designed to receive support that has been offered by numerous suppliers and industry advocates to offset the incremental costs incurred to make this a no-cost event for operator participants.

Overwhelming positive response from industry operators, mushroomed the scope of the not-for-profit event quickly beyond what the all-volunteer committee team could finalize within a two-week window leading up to the May 13th rally, prompting the committee to secure a third-party media relations organization to augment efforts of all stakeholders including ABA and UMA. To date, thousands of dollars and man-hours have been generously donated by the self-formed planning committee. Additionally, a collective, herculean media relations outreach has focused on local, state and national media [...]

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Drivers Meet Up at Regional ABC Locations.

Independent motorcoach operators are meeting up at ABC Companies’ regional locations in Minnesota and Florida this week to caravan toward Washington, D.C. They will join over 500 motorcoach operators from all 50 states on May 13 for a rolling rally around the U.S. Capitol and National Mall to remind Members of Congress and the Trump Administration that the industry needs directed federal assistance.

In a show of rolling unity, independent motorcoach operators began banding together today to move out in unison as they trek toward the nation’s capital. In St. Paul, Minnesota, a caravan of 18 buses kick-started the event with a “drive-by” of the Minnesota State Capitol to create awareness with state and local representatives. Regional operators will also assemble at ABC Companies’ Winter Garden, FL facility, Tuesday May 12th at 5:30am, where the local police department will escort 20+ buses onto Florida’s turnpike. The caravan, led [...]

After seeing and listening to so many small business owners devasted by the COVID pandemic, ABC Companies was inspired to create a concept that would help them have a big voice with government. What initially began as a proposal shared with ABA and UMA, later married up with a very similar vision shared by the Ohio Motorcoach Association and the MR4A (Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness) movement was born. Other key contributors including DATTCO and DC Trails quickly jumped onboard and helped to formulate ideas and strategize how bring the biggest industry social media “meet up” in history to life.

“The event coordination is being led by an all-volunteer group of individuals from multiple disciplines within the industry”, said Thom Peebles, Vice President, Marketing, ABC Companies. “When Roman Cornell (ABC President and Chief Commercial Officer) and I first developed the concept, it was simply to help our industry get back on the road. ABC and the [...]

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