ABC Companies & Proterra Join Van Hool For CX45E Global Debut At Busworld Europe 2019.

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Developed, Designed and Built Exclusively for North American Operations.

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.

The new 56-passenger Van Hool CX45 features many passenger amenities including comfortable passenger seats with USB and 110V outlets, REI Elite HDMI System with six 15.6” monitors, and woodgrain flooring throughout. The new CX45 will be rotated in service to support National’s diverse charter bookings for tour groups, corporate outings, school trips and athletics, nights on the town and more.

‘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.

ABC Companies is a leading provider to the transportation industry with diverse product and service offerings that cover a full spectrum of operational needs including new and pre-owned full-size highway coach equipment along with transit specialty vehicles.  ABC supports customers with a comprehensive after sale service network for service and repairs, collision services, extensive OEM and quality aftermarket parts needs for transit, motorcoach and heavy-duty equipment from ten strategically placed locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally, private and municipal financing and leasing options are available through the company’s financial services group – one of the largest financial service providers within the industry.  For more information, contact ABC Companies at 800-222-2875 or visit the company web site at

Van Hool is an independent bus, coach and industrial vehicle manufacturer.   The company, which was founded in 1947, is based in Koningshooikt.  The vast majority of units produced are destined for Europe and the U.S. Van Hool has around 4,800 staff worldwide, the majority of whom work at the production facilities in Koningshooikt (Belgium) and Skopje (North Macedonia). 

Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission electric transit vehicles and industry-leading EV technology solutions for commercial applications. Proterra has partnered with ABC Companies and Van Hool under the Proterra Powered™ program to develop the all-electric Van Hool CX45E. Proterra provides a suite of products, services and financing options for a seamless transition to clean, quiet, battery-electric fleets. Designed for durability, safety and energy efficiency based on rigorous U.S. independent testing, Proterra products are proudly designed, engineered and manufactured in America, with offices in Silicon Valley, South Carolina, and Los Angeles. For more information, visit: and follow us on Twitter @Proterra Inc., Media Contact:

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