12/04/2018

 


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  GreenPower's manufacturing facility set for production

From Metro:

GreenPower Motor Co. Inc.'s manufacturing facility in Porterville, California is ready for production. In August 2018, the company entered into a four-year lease with a three-year option for a facility with over 50,000 square feet in Porterville as a manufacturing and assembly center.

GreenPower has now set up this facility for production of EV Stars and the EV Star Plus models.


GreenPower Motor Co. Inc.'s manufacturing facility in Porterville, California is ready for production. In August 2018, the company entered into a four-year lease with a three-year option for a facility with over 50,000 square feet in Porterville as a manufacturing and assembly center.

"We've ordered the initial parts and components to build the first tranche of EV Stars commencing in December," said Brendan Riley, president of GreenPower. "By the end of 2019, we plan on producing 25 EV Stars per month with total production of over 200 EV Stars for 2019."

The EV Star is an all-electric, zero emission 25-foot bus that seats up to 19 passengers, with an operational range of 120 to 150 miles on a single charge.

The EV Star Plus is a wider body model that can accommodate multiple ADA spots with a curb-side wheelchair lift. The EV Star can be charged with Level 2 and DC..........   READ MORE >

 
   
  ABA partners to bring Busworld Academy to 2020 Marketplace


 

The American Bus Association (ABA) and Busworld Foundation announced a partnership that will bring Busworld's education programming - the Academy - to ABA's 2020 Marketplace in Omaha, Neb., which will be held Jan. 11 to 14. This is the first time Busworld Academy will be offered in the U.S., in conjunction with another association's existing program.

While normally paired with Busworld exhibitions, which take place in seven locations around the world, this partnership with ABA was one that the Busworld Foundation saw as an opportunity to bring together motorcoach operators, transportation planners, academics, and all forms of bus transportation to address the future of the bus and motorcoach industry.


The American Bus Association (ABA) and Busworld Foundation announced a partnership that will bring Busworld's education programming - the Academy - to ABA's 2020 Marketplace in Omaha, Neb., which will be held Jan. 11 to 14. This is the first time Busworld Academy will be offered in the U.S., in conjunction with another association's existing program.
Peter Pantuso, President & CEO of American Bus
Association; Don DeVivo, ABA Chairman of the Board
& President of DATTCO; and Busworld Academy
Director Jan Deman.

"The mobility sector is worldwide one of the fastest evolving industries. Most of these evolutions are technology driven," said Busworld Academy Director Jan Deman. "The implementation of these technologies in the daily operations of a bus or coach company can be extremely challenging. Hearing experts and exchanging ideas, experiences, and perceptions in order to bring more accurate services, answering the demands of society, of clients and............  READ MORE >

 
  One Dead, Dozens Injured in Charter Bus Crash

DECEMBER 3, 2018 - In Arkansas today, one child was pronounced dead and at least 45 other individuals were injured after their driver lost control of their bus, causing it to leave the highway and overturn.

The Arkansas State Police said the bus was returning the Orange Mound youth football team to Memphis, Tennessee, early Monday morning after a championship football game in Dallas over the weekend. The crash happened at about 2:40 a.m. along Interstate 30 near Benton, Arkansas.

Most of the children on the bus were reported injured and were transported to various local hospitals. Arkansas Children Hospital in Little Rock tweeted that it received over 20 patients at the ER.

"On behalf of all Memphians, our hearts and prayers go out to the Orange Mound children and their families involved in this morning's tragic bus accident in Arkansas," tweeted Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.


DECEMBER 3, 2018 - In Arkansas today, one child was pronounced dead and at least 45 other individuals were injured after their driver lost control of their bus, causing it to leave the highway and overturn.

The vehicle was described in news reports as a "white bus." The owner of the bus was listed as Scott Shuttle Service of Somerville, Tennessee. The company operates motorcoaches.  The bus was owned by Scott Shuttle Service of Somerville, Tennessee. School Transportation News left a phone message with the company that was not returned at the time of this report.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Scott Shuttle Service had a safety rating of "satisfactory," as of Sunday. The company is owned by Alex and Susan Scott. It operates five vehicles and employs seven drivers.

But On May 9, FMCSA documented that a compliance review investigation resulted in the company violating 383.37(a), "knowingly allowing, requiring, permitting, or authorizing an employee to operate a CMV during any period in which the driver does not have a current CLP or CDL or does not have a CLP or CDL with the proper class or endorsements. An employer may not use a driver to operate a CMV who violates any restriction on the driver's CLP or CDL," according to the FMCSA webpage. It was also cited for four vehicle maintenance violations, including: oil and/or grease leak, damaged or discolored windshield, inoperable tail lamp and inspection, repair and............READ MORE >

 



 

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