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  • August 4, 2022
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Companies Move the Needle on Sustainable Zero-Emissions Travel with 100% Electric Motorcoach Passenger Service and Test Rides at Special Event in Seattle, WA.

Winter Garden, FL – August 4th, 2022, ABC Companies a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport equipment in the USA and Canada, together with partners MTRWestern and Proterra are recognizing another significant step towards zero emissions travel. As part of the ABC Companies “Zero Emissions Tour”, MTRWestern put into operation an industry leading 75-passenger Proterra-powered battery electric Van Hool TDX25E double-deck motorcoach. Piloting the use of this industry leading motorcoach, which can travel in excess of 260 miles between charges, MTRWestern is bringing zero emissions travel to many of its clients in the U.S. and Canada. The program culminated with a celebration of select stakeholders, environmentally-focused businesses and government officials, highlighting “firsts” for MTRWestern and the ABC Companies Zero Emissions Tour including –

  • The first-ever zero-emissions international revenue service [...]

 Winter Garden, FL – June 2022, ABC Companies has continued growth into new markets providing both private and public customers a greater range of vehicle options, while leveraging its strength in after sales support and customer up-time. The entry into vans, cutaway shuttles and low floor transit vehicle sales was led by Roman Cornell, President and Chief Commercial Officer at ABC Companies, resulting in the launch of SVT (Specialty Vehicles and Technologies) within ABC Companies. This group was formed to address the growing trends in micro transit, mobility as a service and right-sizing of fleets. “As ABC was already involved in servicing and supplying parts and support for many of these vehicle segments, adding these vehicles into the product portfolio was the next logical step,” stated Cornell. ABC Companies is rapidly growing sales in cutaway shuttle, van and transit low floor products as it has added a number of distribution agreements with well-known manufacturers including [...]

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ABC Demos New 100% Battery-Electric Premium Motorcoaches and Cutaway Shuttles, Educating Customers and Their Communities on EV Options Available Now. 

Winter Garden, FL – June, 2022, ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport vehicles in the USA and Canada, is conducting a North American demo tour of its industry leading 100% battery electric Van Hool motorcoach models along with several zero emission cutaway shuttle vehicles. These electric vehicles showcase the potential for transporting 12 to 69 passengers completely emissions free. The tours industry leading Van Hool TDX25E Double Deck 69-passenger motorcoach, and the CX45E 52-passenger coach utilize Proterra battery systems and are capable of ranges well over 250 miles per charge. In addition, the tour also includes 100% battery electric cutaway shuttles based on popular chassis options including the Ford E450. Since early May, the company has sponsored tours and test drives with customers in key regions [...]

CRANSTON, R.I. (WJAR) — A 100% battery-powered coach was on display before the media in Cranston on Thursday.The owner of Flagship Trailways hopes to add it to his fleet, with help from the U.S. government.The nearly noise-free, zero-emission ride is being touted as the wave of the future.

“When you look at all the research efforts going, all the alternate energies that we can tap into, we can build a grid that will provide us the ability to move around by electricity, not by oil,” Sen. Jack Reed said at the demonstration.

ABC Companies is the dealer for owner Van Hool that has so far sold 100% electric coach buses on the West Coast and hopes to lease this one as the first of its kind in Rhode Island to Flagship Trailways.

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ABC Companies travels 2,500 zero emission miles with 69 passenger Van Hool TDX25E Battery-Electric Double Deck motorcoach using public charging

Winter Garden, FL – March, 2022, ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport vehicles in the USA and Canada, today announced it has successfully completed a cross-country road trip aboard the battery-electric Van Hool TDX25E Double Decker motorcoach – demonstrating the vehicle range and strength of battery technology to meet the needs of motorcoach customers.

Beginning at ABC’s Winter Garden, Florida headquarters and ending at ABC’s Costa Mesa, California facility, the route included elevations in excess of 5,000 feet, passage through mountain crossings, and a variety of road and climate conditions over a distance of 2,500 miles. This is the company’s longest EV road test demonstration to date, surpassing a recently conducted 1,700-mile road test throughout the Northern California and Pacific Northwest region. The new EV double deck model completed [...]

Visitors Welcome to Inspect Flagship Van Hool CX45 and NEW Turtle Top Terra Transit Shuttle Models.

Winter Garden, FL – February 2022, ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit, shuttle, and electric passenger transport vehicles in the USA and Canada, is promoting fleet diversification at UMA Expo 2022. Joining the company’s flagship Van Hool CX45 model, a NEW Turtle Top shuttle option, the Terra Transit medium duty shuttle bus is featured on the show floor. “We are attuned to the changing demands of passenger transport and operator needs, especially in the current environment”, said Roman Cornell/ABC President, Chief Commercial Officer. “We think that versatility is today’s game changer and we’ve added new OEM categories, like mini buses and more to the ABC portfolio to help owners be proactive in diversifying their business model. Knowing the needs of our customers, means we focused on adding brands like Turtle Top and others, who provide superior products [...]

ABC Companies 100% Battery – Electric Van Hool CX45E raises the bar for industry standard range and passenger experience in MTRWestern pilot route while putting public charging grid to the test

Winter Garden, FL – February 2022, ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport vehicles in the USA and Canada, has recently completed an unprecedented long-distance road trip with customer, MTRWestern a leading charter bus, and shuttle transport company serving the Pacific Northwest. ABC Companies provided a new 100% battery-electric Van Hool CX45E motorcoach – to facilitate the pilot program road test. This demonstration unit is the same make and model ABC began delivering to customers in early 2021 and is used for ongoing data collection and performance benchmarking with customer specific applications.

The demonstration covered nearly 1,700 miles round trip. Starting in Newark, CA to the destination in Seattle, WA and then returning to Newark, CA. During several legs [...]

Winter Garden, FL – December 7, 2021,

ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport equipment in the USA and Canada, has expanded its distribution agreement with Turtle Top to offer its popular Odyssey, Terra Transit and Vanterra product line in locations covering the eastern seaboard from Georgia to New York State, as well as the states of Oklahoma and Texas. The Turtle Top conversions will be available on a number of premium performance chassis’ including the Ford E 350, E450, F550, F600 and Freightliner S2C, for flexibility in almost any application. ABC will offer combustion and 100% battery electric versions of popular models, providing EV options for Turtle Top premium shuttles with numerous seating configurations to accommodate up to 34 riders and multiple wheelchair options. The expansion strengthens ABC’s position in the passenger van and shuttle space as micro transit and on-demand services are rapidly expanding. 

“We are excited [...]

Addition of Vicinity product line offers differentiated solutions for emerging industry trends

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (November 1, 2021) – ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport equipment in the United States and Canada, will highlight its recently announced distributor arrangement with Vicinity Motor Corp., a leading supplier of electric, CNG, gas and clean diesel buses at the upcoming APTA Expo. ABC is selling and supporting Vicinity™ heavy-duty mid-size buses and the Vicinity Lightning™ EV with new and existing customers.

With the addition of Vicinity’s product suite, ABC is positioned to more fully address shifting transit priorities, especially for smaller buses used for transit-on-demand and shuttle services, advanced ADA-compliant models and expanded zero-emission and battery-electric options. As a distributor for Vicinity and other manufacturers, ABC will become a one-stop shop for transit agencies and operators, allowing them to purchase, find parts for and service their vehicles all with one trusted and [...]

Company rolls out new portfolio of custom transit solutions at APTA Expo

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (November 1, 2021) – ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport equipment in the United States and Canada, has entered the transit vehicle distributor market.  ABC will build on its strong history of sourcing parts and providing the expert service agencies count on to keep their fleets on the move. ABC will launch their market entry at the upcoming APTA Expo, where they will exhibit as a transit vehicle distributor, showcasing a range of vehicles and technologies designed to address emerging market trends and needs.

ABC made the decision to sell transit vehicles based on a need for more customized solutions to address the ever-evolving transit landscape. Its adaptive new line-up of custom-created vehicles, featuring a wide range of available sizes, power options, body styles and technologies will give transit agencies greater choice, scalability and [...]

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