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CALSTART Releases 2024 Zero-Emission Bus (ZEB) Inventory Report

February 28, 2024

CALSTART has announced the release of this year’s Zeroing in on ZEBs, an annual report funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The report provides an updated index of newly adopted transit ZEBs that have been funded, ordered, delivered, and/or deployed within the United States and Canada, according to data collected through September 2023 by local, state,…

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From SABIC Functional Forms: Clearly Stronger, Clearly Safer With LEXAN™ MR10 Glazing

February 12, 2024

Say goodbye to shattered glass and graffiti at bus shelters with clear, coated polycarbonate (PC) glazing from SABIC Functional Forms. “Compared to glass, SABIC’s LEXAN™ MARGARD™ MR10 Sheet is virtually unbreakable, 50% lighter, and resistant to graffiti, UV, abrasion, paint, and chemicals,” the company said. “Plus, it’s easier to fabricate, transport and install. Coated PC sheet…

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Volvo Completes Acquisition Of Battery Business From Proterra Inc., And Proterra Operating Company

February 2, 2024

The Volvo Group recently completed the previously announced transaction whereby the Group acquired the battery business from Proterra Inc., and Proterra Operating Company Inc. According to a press release, “The acquisition, which was made at a purchase price of USD 210M before adjustment for inventory level at closing, includes a development center for battery modules…

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HVAC Systems Buyers Guide 2024

January 26, 2024

BITZER U.S., Inc. 4080 Enterprise Way Flowery Branch, GA 30542 USA 770-718-2900 Website: www.bitzerus.com Products: BITZER provides bus/coach air conditioning compressors. BITZER’s product range covers all compressor technologies from reciprocating to scroll and screw compressors. BITZER bus air conditioning compressors are designed specifically to excel within the harsh environment of today’s engine compartments. BITZER’s bus air…

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Seating & Fabrics Buyers Guide 2024

January 26, 2024

Amaya-Astron Seating Pirules 16-E, Interior B. Complejo Ind. Cuamatla, Cuautitl.n Izcalli, 54730 MEXICO +52(55)5881-2007 Email: donovan@amaya-astron.com.mx Website: www.amaya-astronseating.com Company Officers: Donovan Albarran, Export Sales Vice President; Jeff Goldwasser, Sales Representative; and Bob Greene, Sales Representative Products: Amaya-Astron Seating specializes in the development and manufacture of cutting-edge and innovative products, offering customized solutions for the coach market. The…

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Bus Repair and Refurbishment Buyers Guide 2023

November 29, 2023

BRC Group 6061 90th Ave., SE Calgary, Alberta T2C 4Z6 Canada 888-848-8686 6857 Speedway Blvd., P101 Las Vegas, NV 89115 USA 888-645-8585 Email: info@brcgroup.ca Website: www.brcgroup.ca Products: BRC Group operates commercial vehicle collision repair and refurbishment centers in Canada and the United States. The company was founded under the name Big Rig Collision in 1979.…

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Flooring Buyers Guide 2023

November 29, 2023

AbiliTrax 26 Center St. Randolph, NY 14701 USA 716-484-7014 Website: www.abilitrax.com Products: AbiliTrax universal, flexible flooring systems, stationary and quick disconnect seating solutions (CAM Lock, CAM2, and StepNLock). Also available are state-of-the-art ShiftNStep dual access lift system and more. All products are FMVSS compliant. Altro 12648 Clark St. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 USA 800-382-0333…

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The New Standards For Passenger Seating In 2024

November 29, 2023

By John-Paul Paonessa, Marketing Manager, Freedman Seating Company From flooring to HVAC, cameras to wheelchair lifts, there is no shortage of must-have components to consider when purchasing a bus. Whether propane or electric, shuttle or coach — passenger needs should be heavily considered when it comes to the bus’s interior, perhaps nothing more than seating.…

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Six Steps To Faultless Bus Flooring

November 29, 2023

Today’s bus is getting more sophisticated all the time. But in a machine comprising of hundreds of complex parts and components certain elements are afforded more consideration than others. Like all complex machines, however, if one part isn’t working properly everything else can fall apart pretty quickly. It’s probably fair to say that flooring isn’t…

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Managing Debt Versus High Interest Rates

November 29, 2023

By Victor S. Parra, Contributor Running a private motorcoach company is a capital-intensive business. Balancing the need to upgrade your equipment to meet customer demands against high interest rates while still keeping debt under control, is always a major challenge for our industry. Recently, the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page piece entitled, “Bankruptcies Increase…

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