ABC Companies Unveils Largest Electric Motorcoach Charging Hub

ABC Companies, a leading provider of motorcoach, transit, and specialty passenger transport equipment, along with Proterra Inc, an esteemed innovator in commercial vehicle electrification technology, have officially inaugurated the most expansive electric motorcoach charging facility in North America. Situated in Newark, California, the facility spans a 3.5-acre campus and is designed to charge up to 40 electric motorcoaches simultaneously.

Why It Matters

This development signifies a pivotal step forward in facilitating the large-scale transition to electric vehicles (EVs) in North America. The facility supports the burgeoning fleet of Proterra Powered Van Hool 100% electric motorcoaches, demonstrating the readiness of power and charging solutions for commercial EV operations. The motorcoaches, which are energized by Proterra’s state-of-the-art battery technology, can now benefit from improved service, delivery, and training at the charging facility.

Key Points

  • The charging hub, constructed in association with Proterra and local utility provider, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), is equipped with 20 dual-cable EV charging dispensers.
  • It boasts a capacity to support up to 1.4 megawatts of EV charging power.
  • ABC Companies has reported that over 20% of their motorcoach sales now involve battery-electric vehicles, necessitating the development of corresponding charging infrastructure.
  • Proterra Energy offers a comprehensive suite of EV charging solutions for fleet operators, backed by a decade of charging installation experience.

Bottom Line

The strategic collaboration between ABC Companies, Proterra, and PG&E has culminated in the establishment of North America’s largest EV charging facility, reflecting a concerted commitment to ushering in an era of sustainable transportation. ABC Companies’ CEO, Roman Cornell, has expressed the company’s commitment to supporting and accelerating EV adoption, a mission now bolstered by this innovative charging infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Chris Bailey, Proterra’s Chief Business Officer, underscores the role of strategic planning and collaboration in scaling commercial EV fleets. The PG&E’s EV Fleet program, which is aiding the electrification initiative, has already contracted with over 180 sites to support over 3,700 medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. As Lydia Krefta, PG&E’s Director for Clean Energy Transportation, highlights, such efforts align with PG&E’s vision to increase access to charging infrastructure, support EV adoption, and ultimately contribute to climate change mitigation.


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