747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2 Posted (1 year 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 905 times:
In the late 2000's, AC Transit wanted a hybrid of a motorcoach and transit bus, so Van Hool was the only company to respond to this requirement for the bus. So in 2010, Van Hool built and shipped a prototype of a hybrid of a motorcoach and transit buses called an Van Hool C3045, from Belgium to California. There are photos of AC transit, operating the C3045 in 2010, but in 2011, AC sold the prototype for around $ 200000, at what I believe was an auction. Now, here is my question, why AC, did not buy more C3045, this could have been the fourth 45 ft motorcoach in Van Hool line up, and the perfect cross over from their A300 transit bus to their C2045 motorcoach, so why would AC not order more C3045s?
PS, here is some photos the the worlds only Van Hool C3045, operating in AC Transit livery.
glid4500 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 587 posts, RR: 8 Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 726 times:
Im not sure as to the specific of testing at AC Transit, but Ex AC Transit General Manager Rick Fernandez did have influence on obtaining that bus and other VanHools in the fleet. Since Rick's departure from AC Transit, the transit agency is switching back to buses that actually meet Buy-America requirements. They recently order some diesel low floor 40ft buses from Gillig.