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Tenured EV specialist becomes newest addition

Winter Garden, FL- April 2022, ABC Companies a leading provider of transit, specialty and motorcoach sales, service and support announced today that Bobby Hill joins the Specialty Vehicles and Technology group as a Strategic Account Executive. This role will serve the quickly growing demand for electric passenger vehicles, as ABC Companies continues to introduce a range of applications for EV’s in the coach, and transit market across the country.

Hill brings his 30 plus years of experience in the coach and EV industry to the rapidly developing SVT group at ABC. He has narrowed this experience into a specialization on electric vehicles and batteries over the last 7 years. Hill is joining ABC Companies from his most recent role as Vice President of Sales with a leading EV battery manufacturer.  

Prior to this role, he served as Vice President of Sales for a global commercial EV manufacturer specializing [...]

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 [...]

Premium Ground Transport Leader Takes Delivery of Two New Van Hool CX45s.

Winter Garden, FL – July, 2021, ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport equipment in the USA and Canada, has delivered two model year 2021 Van Hool CX45’s to ECS Transportation Group in Dallas, TX. The vehicles will be used to support the operator’s growing luxury transportation service, and as such, offer fit and finish details that are designed to align with ECS’s high touch customer service and passenger experience.

A market leader in luxury ground transportation, the ECS fleet accommodates a wide range of executive, corporate and leisure travelers, as well as schools, universities, sports teams and church groups, and military movements. Headquartered in Dallas, ECS offers premium ground transportation to customers in over 600 cities worldwide. Its late model fleet includes Mercedes-Benz S Class sedans, Lincoln Continentals, and Chevy Suburban SUVs, Mercedes-Benz Sprinters and minibuses – [...]

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 [...]

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