Vicinity Motor Corp. (VMC) has signed a distribution agreement with Central States Bus Sales Inc., one of the largest school and commercial bus dealerships in the United States, to offer the company’s full line of products, including a initial commitment for 18 demonstration and stock buses.
Central States provides thousands of school and commercial buses to its customers each year. It offers full-service facilities in Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas. VMC’s distribution agreement covers seven states stretching from Kentucky to Nebraska.
Under the new agreement, the central states will distribute the VMC vehicles throughout the central region. The Vicinity line bridges transit, electric vehicle (EV) and commuter opportunities within Central States’ vehicle portfolio.
“As one of the largest school and commercial bus dealerships and a highly respected brand, Central States adds significant sales opportunities to our product line and expands our reach in the central United States,” said said William Trainer, founder and CEO of VMC. . “Central States has decades of experience servicing and maintaining fleets in the region with warranty, training, and technical capabilities to provide industry-leading customer support. The initial order of VMC Optimal vehicles demonstrates a growing interest from established dealerships in offering traditional customers all-electric options that mitigate exposure to energy and carbon costs – while offering the range, speeds and gradeability required in everyday real-world operations.
“We see a good fit with VMC products among our portfolio of premium bus brands – complementing our full line of bus offerings,” adds Jeff Reitz, President and CEO of Central States. “As our customers increasingly seek options to achieve their sustainability and ESG goals, we are excited about the unique and specific solutions that VMC products can offer our customers. The VMC Lightning, Classic and Optimal designs are positioned to fill gaps in our offering and allow us to tailor solutions specifically to our customers’ needs.