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12/10/2019

 


  ABC Tech Team Participates in EV Training at Van Hool Factory in Belgium


  From ABC Companies:

A team of ABC technicians recently visited the Van Hool factory in Belgium for preliminary training and product knowledge transfer to support the forthcoming Van Hool CX45E All Electric bus release. Together with ABC and Proterra, Van Hool continues to make preparations for the innovative new model introduction planned for North American unveiling at UMA Expo 2020 in Nashville, TN.

The new Van Hool CX45E combines the Siemens modular ELFA II drivetrain system with Proterra’s industry leading E2 high power, high density battery system, in conjunction with energy efficient ELFA drive and converter technology to support daily range targets for operators. The vehicle’s zero emissions and quiet battery drive offers a smooth comfortable ride with very low noise levels to enhance the passenger experience like never before.

"Together with our partners Van Hool and Proterra, ABC is leveraging deep expertise to bring advanced electric technology to the motorcoach segment", said Mr. Roman Cornell, President and Chief Commercial Officer at ABC Companies. "We are pleased to migrate the benefits and utility of electric vehicle technology enjoyed in the automotive and transit segments to our customer base", said Cornell.

In 2020 operators can also expect to see enhanced interior designs onboard the CX series (including the new CX45E model) which integrates a restyled passenger entry, cabin and restroom, as well as a fully redesigned driver’s area.

The new Van Hool All Electric, Zero-emission CX45E will be showcased at next year’s UMA Expo 2020 where ABC and partners will present a complete overview of the project and be on hand to field questions about the innovative new electric model which offers all the luxury passenger amenities owners expect from the standard Van Hool CX Series equipment.......READ MORE >


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  Prevost celebrates the opening of its largest service center in North America
 

Prevost, a leading coach manufacturer, is celebrating the opening of Prevost's largest Service Center in North America, in Hayward, California. This significant event attests to the company's continued growing presence from coast to coast and success across North America.

From Prevost:

Prevost, a leading coach manufacturer, is celebrating the opening of Prevost's largest Service Center in North America, in Hayward, California. This significant event attests to the company's continued growing presence from coast to coast and success across North America.

The new service center in Hayward adds 20 new jobs to the 56 jobs Prevost already created in California, with its service center in Mira Loma. Prevost plans to add another 10 employees in Hayward gradually in 2020, which will mean a total of 86 employees in California.

"We are very happy to open this new service center in the Bay area, which represents an investment of 14 millions $. We want to provide the ultimate customer experience focusing on uptime, reliability, and responsiveness. We want to make a difference by providing a great product, supported by a great team that you can rely on every day. Prevost has a very distinct culture of service that makes it a vital part of Volvo," said Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.

"This inauguration of our largest Service Center in North America, a 67,000 square-foot facility on the US West Coast, to serve the Northern California coach market and tech companies in the area, is a historic moment for Prevost. This will continue to reinforce Prevost's leadership position in the North American coach market," added François Tremblay, Vice President and General Manager at Prevost.

"Prevost is a welcome addition to the 15th Congressional District's economy," said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. "I am proud to represent Hayward and happy to see continued investment and job creation in our community, which already has earned its reputation as a hub of innovation and industry".

"We are excited to have Prevost in Hayward not just because of the jobs it will bring and contributions to the local economy, but because of the kind of company it is," said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. "Prevost is an industry leader because of its products, sales and innovation, and also for its commitment to the communities where it locates its service centers. Adding Prevost to our business community means we will have a strategic partner in working with local government to continue our strong economic development", concluded the CEO of the Hayward Chamber of commerce.......... READ MORE  >


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  School Bus Driver Refuses to Let Student Board, is Placed on Leave

 From School Bus Fleet:

DALLAS  -  A school bus driver here has been placed on leave after a video posted on social media showed him refusing to allow a student to board the bus while standing in the middle of a busy road, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The video, which was posted on Facebook by Yazmin Rojas on Tuesday, shows a student standing in front of the bus repeatedly asking the bus driver to open the door. In the video, the driver drives the bus forward while the student walks backward in front of the bus as several vehicles pass by.

The driver then stops after a bystander bangs on the side of the vehicle, yelling at him to stop the bus. The bystander begins to take photos of the driver and is later heard in the video saying that he was calling the police. According to the Facebook post, the incident occurred in Far North Dallas, near Spring Valley Rd. and Preston Rd.

 

A school bus driver here has been placed on leave after a video posted on social media showed him refusing to allow a student to board the bus while standing in the middle of a busy road, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Robyn Harris, a spokesperson for Dallas Independent School District, told Dallas Morning News that the driver, who remains unnamed, is one of the district's employees and that the incident is under investigation. The district has been operating its own bus service since 2017, according to the news source, and has experienced some challenges, including a bus driver shortage.

As previously reported, the district transitioned its service from the struggling school bus agency, Dallas County Schools, in 2017, after residents voted to dissolve the agency for experiencing significant debt and becoming embroiled in a stop-arm camera controversy..... .READ MORE >



 

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