Van Hool is designing 100% electric coach for Google and other major Silicon Valley companies


The Belgian independent manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles Van Hool will be the first to launch a fully electric-powered coach of the CX45E type on the North American market. This most efficient and best-performing long-distance eCoach will be shuttling Google employees from 2019.

The Belgian company Van Hool is supplying many of the buses used by tech companies like Google and Facebook. The new Van Hool all-electric coach  will be quieter than diesel buses and, with zero emissions, is set to significantly reduce pollution levels.

Innovation from Belgium

The CX45E will be wholly designed and developed in Belgium, in the Van Hool parent company’s R&D centre in Koningshooikt. “After receiving requests from a number of customers for a fully electric-powered coach, we at Van Hool sought a solution,” says Filip Van Hool, CEO of Van Hool. The first prototypes will be built in Belgium as well. The mass production of the CX45E will take place in Skopje, Macedonia.

Van Hool and its American sales partner ABC Bus Companies are responding to the demand for a truly zero-emission solution. The CX45E is not just a green solution. It will also reduce operating costs, while the performance, reliability and safety characteristics of the Van Hool CX line will remain the same.

10,000 Van Hool coaches and buses in the US

“This announcement is the icing on the cake as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the cooperation between Van Hool and its exclusive partner ABC Bus Companies Inc. on the North American market,” says Filip Van Hool. “After all these years of hard work to meet to our customers’ high expectations, we, together, have succeeded in putting Van Hool on the map in the United States. Today over 10,000 Van Hool coaches and buses are operating on North-American roads, including a number of large Silicon Valley companies that organise shuttle services for their employees as well as many other customers.” He added: “The diesel CX45 coach has a proven track record, and in the meantime has become a benchmark coach on the American market.”

Battery with a range of 300+ km

Van Hool selected a leading American producer of battery technology for heavy-duty vehicles to provide the Proterra E2 battery technology. The 100% electric-powered vehicle will have a range of action of 300+ km.

“Van Hool is truly excited and proud to partner up with Proterra, a pioneering company in the development and production of battery technology,” says Filip Van Hool.

The fully electric coach is expected to stop the release of hundreds of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. At the same time, it will be saving customers tens of thousands of dollars on fuel and maintenance expenses.

Van Hool was founded in 1947. Today the Belgian company has over 4,400 employees worldwide, most of whom work at the production sites in Koningshooikt (Belgium) and Skopje (Macedonia).

Read the press release: Van Hool builds first 100% electric coach for the American market