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11/03/2020

 


 
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  ABC Companies Partners with Lightning eMotors, Launching First Electric Repowered
  Motorcoach Lowering Barriers to Zero Emissions Travel


Motorcoach-specific EV Repower Kits Designed to Streamline EV Market Entry - Available from ABC Companies

Motorcoach-specific EV Repower Kits Designed to Streamline EV Market Entry - Available from ABC Companies


    From ABC Companies:

WINTER GARDEN, Fla, Oct., 30, 2020 - ABC Companies, a leading provider to the motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transportation market in the United States and Canada, will soon be the first to offer a motorcoach-diesel-to-electric-repower program for North American operators.

Together with Lightning eMotors, formerly known as Lightning Systems, the partners have created a five-step process for identifying, assessing and converting a wide range of "donor" diesel coach models that fit the criteria for fast-track battery electric conversion. The repower kits are engineered by Lightning eMotors and will be installed by ABC technicians. The program will launch under ABC Companies SVT (Specialty Vehicles and Technologies) division, underscoring the company's focus on lowering EV market cost of entry barriers for coach operators.

"ABC Companies has a very long history of repower and refurbishment expertise, making conversions to battery electric power a logical next step," said Roman Cornell, president and chief commercial officer of ABC Companies. By sourcing leading suppliers and manufacturers, we will provide a portfolio of offerings and price points that will enable our customers to accelerate their introduction of zero-emission vehicles into their fleets. Although the pandemic has impacted the motorcoach market, we are working to get traditional vehicles back on the road, while investing now with innovative new solutions which will address customers' needs for environmentally-friendly vehicles as the industry begins to recover."

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  BSOOB Transit Takes Delivery of Two Prevost X3-45® Commuter Coaches
 

Prevost announced Biddeford Saco Old Orchard Beach Transit, located in southeastern Maine, has taken delivery of two 2021 Prevost X3-45 commuter coaches. The coaches are the first new additions of any kind to the BSOOB fleet in nearly 10 years and will replace two units that were deemed beyond their useful life.


    From Prevost:

(November 2, 2020, Ste. Claire, QC) - Prevost announced Biddeford Saco Old Orchard Beach Transit, located in southeastern Maine, has taken delivery of two 2021 Prevost X3-45 commuter coaches. The coaches are the first new additions of any kind to the BSOOB fleet in nearly 10 years and will replace two units that were deemed beyond their useful life.

"Prevost is extremely pleased to partner with BSOOB Transit on the purchase of two new commuter coaches," said Karen Honeysett, director of public sector for Prevost. "The X3-45 commuter offers a smooth, quiet ride for both drivers and passengers, as well as the quality and safety Prevost is known for."

In 1998, BSOOB Transit introduced ZOOM Express, a convenient and affordable commuter option designed to transport workers into Portland. However, in recent years, locals have seen the BSOOB area grow and change, and with that progress, they're now seeing riders travel in both directions. In 2019, BSOOB Transit transported over 360,000 passengers to and from their destinations.

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  Mississippi Driver Honored for Saving Students from School Bus Fire

 

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

A school bus driver from Smithville, Miss.-based Monroe County School District was recently recognized for keeping students safe after his bus caught fire in September, the Monroe Journal reports.

David Loveless, who has been a driver for the district for eight years, was presented with a plaque of appreciation by Monroe County Superintendent of Education Brian Jernigan and Chad O’Brian, the principal for Smithville Attendance Center, on Oct. 21 for saving five students from the bus fire, according to the news source.

Loveless told the Monroe Journal that he was headed toward Hatley High School when he heard a “loud boom” as the bus crossed a railroad track. He added that his first reaction was to drive away from the railroad crossing to evacuate students off the bus as he saw smoke and flames coming from the bus’s engine.

When it came to ensuring the safety of students, Loveless told the news source that "I couldn't have done it without them" as the students "did an excellent job of evacuating" and calling for help. He also said that the school conducts bus evacuation drills twice a year. The fire was apparently caused by an exploded turbocharger, according to the Monroe Journal.

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A school bus driver from Smithville, Miss.-based Monroe County School District was recently recognized for keeping students safe after his bus caught fire in September, the Monroe Journal reports.

 

 

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