ABC Companies expands innovation mission through customer driven needs

Brian Nelson, Vice President of Technical Solutions

October 13th, 2022, ABC Companies a leading provider of motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transport equipment in the USA and Canada, continues to demonstrate its leadership in the use of technology to advance the industry and give customers a competitive advantage. Utilizing leading technology-based solutions, ABC Companies has accelerated innovative solutions for the commercial passenger transportation industry. ABC’s Technical Solutions Team is comprised of engineers, technicians and support personnel who focus on sourcing and providing new and often unique technologies that improve customer operations and their experience in unexpected and groundbreaking ways.

A key resource for ABC customers, the dedicated Tech team is also deployed when existing solutions are not functioning or performing to a customers’ needs. The rapid growth of this resource for ABC Companies and its customers has resulted in the recent promotion of Mr. Brian Nelson to Vice President of Technical Solutions.

In his new role, Mr. Nelson will be responsible for technical solutions and strategy that will continue to
innovate by leveraging new and emerging technologies that can benefit customers. “My department’s
job is simple, we are here to serve the needs of our customers and bring back solutions, not excuses. We focus on getting resolutions to our customers, and as a distributor, we are not constrained by
manufacturer limitations. We take great pride in bringing the voice of the customer to all of our
manufacturers. The breadth of our projects and depth of the team, means we can bring solutions to our customers faster and more cost effectively, in a way that is almost impossible to achieve when the
customer must personally address a challenge or specific need to manufacturers and service providers”.

A veteran of innovating solutions, Mr. Nelson has focused on fulfilling customer needs through team
collaboration and a hands-on approach in his previous roles as a Staff Engineer and Sales Engineer. Most recently as the Engineering Director/Manager, Mr. Nelson led a team of engineers and technicians providing full life cycle project handling to coordinate, validate and deploy best possible solutions based on the problems and details specified by users, clients, as well as market demands.

Since 2011 Mr. Nelson has been a key contributor to the company’s technical strategy. Working
seamlessly in interdepartmental teams he has provided pivotal engineering insights for several major
technology projects including:

  • The introduction of ABC’s first 100% battery-electric zero-emissions vehicles starting with the first diesel to electric motor coach project in the United States. Soon after this arrived a variety of EV’s. Larger motorcoaches such as the Van Hool TDX25E double decker are capable of moving up to 75 riders, both the TDX25E and CX45E models are currently used in service throughout the U.S. and Canada. Powered by the proven Proterra energy-dense battery system, these high- capacity vehicles offer ranges in excess of 260 miles between charges. The EV motorcoaches, transit buses, shuttles and vans are all compatible with public charging infrastructure and feature a number of unique technology features such as solar-powered auxiliary systems, and regenerative braking systems to optimize battery performance and energy storage.
  • ABC’s ongoing Zero-Emissions Tour showcases and demonstrates the power and benefits of EVs in service today while educating stakeholders and lawmakers about the critical role highcapacity passenger vehicles play in reducing greenhouse emissions in the transportation sector. Traveling the country utilizing public charging stations, tour stops from Florida, Texas, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, to Michigan, California, Seattle and more, are bringing the future of sustainable, ZERO-EMISSIONS high-capacity passenger travel to our great cities nationwide. Tour stops include engaging with elected officials and local media to highlight the need to invest in and expand the existing infrastructure system and support the unique needs of medium and heavy-duty vehicles, including high-capacity vehicles like ABC’s Van Hool coaches. Learn more about the Zero Emissions Tour highlights on ABC’s Facebook and other social media pages.

“ABC has a commitment to providing our customers with a competitive advantage through innovative technology”, said Roman Cornell, President and Chief Commercial Officer, ABC Companies. “Brian’s experience, teamwork, execution on product vision and his passion for serving our customers, is helping us change the future of our industry.”