ABC Companies and Van Hool introduced the all-electric Van Hool CX45E motorcoach at Busworld in Belgium, which was the only model exclusively designed and built for the North American market on the show floor.
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.
“‘Designed for the future, coming to America — January 2020’” — was the theme used to unveil the new bus, and ABC Companies is eager to present this innovative zero-emission model during UMA Expo 2020 in Nashville. 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.
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.