11/05/2019

 


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 ABC Companies & Proterra join Van Hool for CX45E Global Debut at Business World Europe 2019


  From ABC Companies:

Attendees at Busworld Europe 2019 enjoyed a first look at the brand new ALL Electric Van Hool CX45E in October. Along with an impressive lineup of fuel cell, low-floor trambus and diesel-powered vehicles designed for the European market, the first-ever ALL Electric Van Hool CX45E was introduced, with the elite distinction as the only model exclusively designed and built for the North American market.

The zero-emission vehicle utilizes Proterra's battery system which features a compact, robust design enabling industry-leading energy density, by volume and mass.

Efficient energy storage enables improved range capabilities and thermally controlled batteries keep the temperature consistent to maximize lifetime in operating climates.


Attendees at Busworld Europe 2019 enjoyed a first look at the brand new ALL Electric Van Hool CX45E in October. Along with an impressive lineup of fuel cell, low-floor trambus and diesel-powered vehicles designed for the European market, the first-ever ALL Electric Van Hool CX45E was introduced, with the elite distinction as the only model exclusively designed and built for the North American market.

'Designed for the future, coming to America - January 2020'  -  was the theme used to literally unveil the new bus, and ABC Companies is eager to present this innovative zero-emission model during UMA Expo 2020 in Nashville, TN. Like the diesel-powered Van Hool CX45, the CX45E Electric bus will integrate a multitude of onboard technologies and passenger and driver amenities including a fully redesigned driver's area. "The new CX45E represents an important milestone in our over thirty-year partnership with Van Hool and demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced technology and innovation to our North American customers", said Roman Cornell, President and CCO at ABC Companies. The CX45E offers an ideal solution for North American customers who operate fixed routes and dedicated shuttles, especially in urban and private environments, according to Mr. Cornell.

ABC together with Van Hool and Proterra, will offer proprietary route modelling, which will take into consideration route planning, the environment and how each coach is routinely operated. Modeling and charging infrastructure analysis, utilizes data gleaned from route simulation  -  factoring in a host of variables such as, charging speed and consumption, hours of operation, charging points, power suppliers and more to determine the right fit for each operation. Through the Proterra Energy™ fleet solutions offering, Proterra's team of experts can evaluate a fleet's daily power needs to determine the most fitting chargers to meet route requirements.

ABC also offers after-sale fleet maintenance support programs that are built around each owner's individual fleet profile and needs. With flexible, scalable maintenance strategies tailored to support highly diverse fleet compositions, the company can service a full spectrum of equipment makes, models and drivetrain platforms. Together with recognized industry innovators Van Hool and Proterra, the company eagerly anticipates the forthcoming UMA 2020 debut of the Van Hool CX45E All Electric Bus at ABC Booth #200...................READ MORE >

  FMCSA proposes state delay for clearinghouse compliance

State administrators would be granted a three-year delay to comply with the new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse under a rule modification proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

State administrators would be granted a three-year delay to comply with the new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse under a rule modification proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The Clearinghouse goes online on Jan. 6, 2020, to track drug and alcohol violations recorded by commercial drivers across the country. The latest proposal would give state license administrators a delay until Jan. 6, 2023, to develop necessary policies and information technology capabilities.

The Clearinghouse will offer access to data that law enforcement, state licensing agencies and carriers can use to check driver histories. The delay was requested by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA).  As currently written, states are required to "request information from the Clearinghouse before completing certain commercial driver's license (CDL) transactions," FMCSA stated in a notice of proposed rulemaking.

FMCSA wrote that the delay will permit state agencies "to allocate their information technology, training and other resources accordingly. In the Agency's judgment, it would be premature to implement the States' query requirement before addressing the questions and concerns raised by AAMVA in its 2017 petition for reconsideration."

FMCSA said it will issue a new proposed rule addressing AAMVA concerns by March 1, 2020....... READ MORE >
 

  NAPT Conference Spotlights Teamwork, Inclusiveness

 From School Bus Fleet:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Inclusiveness, the importance of effective teams, and sharing knowledge were the main messages from the keynote speeches and sessions at the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) conference on Sunday.

Mindy Feldbaum, the vice president of workforce programs at AARP Foundation, outlined for attendees how employers can navigate a multi-generational workforce and how an age-inclusive workplace culture is better for productivity, recruitment, and retention.

She noted that although there are now five generations working side by side - Greatest Generation/Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z - that are at different life stages, they all want many of the same things from work. Workers of all ages seek meaningful employment with benefits, flexible schedules, upskilling opportunities, financial security, and a respectful, inclusive work environment.

 

Inclusiveness, the importance of effective teams, and sharing knowledge were the main messages from the keynote speeches and sessions at the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) conference on Sunday.

NAPT conference attendees took part in a team-building exercise that involved constructing a replica of a model with Legos.

In the midst of megatrends shaping the current workplace - automation, inequity, education, training, and job quality - it is particularly critical to create age-inclusive workplace culture, Feldbaum said.

Creating this culture, she added, means planning for employees who are delaying retirement, offering more flexible schedules for caregiving for spouses and aging parents as well as children, building a culture of lifelong learning, and creating intergenerational......... .READ MORE >


 

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