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Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Portland, Ore.-based dealer Schetky Bus & Van Sales has announced it has launched a dedicated division for electric and autonomous vehicles. Schetky, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, offers an array of new and used buses and vans for a variety of industries.

Schetky Bus

“With the changes from fossil fuels to electric-powered vehicles, it’s exciting to see our products and services begin to transform the market,” said Schetky Bus & Van Sales Co-owner David Schetky. “We’re leading the march into these new technologies—not only electric, but also autonomous, fuel cell, and other innovative products that are on the horizon. We are preparing to lead in all these categories.”

According to Schetky, the company is positioned to offer a turnkey approach to electrifying fleets. The new division will be responsible for educating customers on grant opportunities, assisting with grant writing and applications, and helping with charging infrastructure.

Schetky also noted that the company has some additional exciting announcements on the horizon, utilizing their best-in-class electric and alternative fuel partnerships.

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NELA NELA President Joe Cardillo of AOT Global

The New England Livery Association (NELA) held its quarterly membership meeting on Tuesday, June 28 at Spinelli’s Lynnfield in Peabody, Mass. More than 50 members were in attendance for the event, which was sponsored by Acton Fleet Sales.

Following a cocktail hour and dinner sponsored by Great Bay Limousine and Cross Insurance, the meeting kicked off with NELA Executive Director Rick Szilagyi announcing the 2022-23 NELA Board of Directors.

NELA Nearly 60 members were in attendance at the meeting

The 2022 NELA Board of Directors are:
President: Joe Cardillo of AOT Global
1st Vice President: Brett Barenholtz of Above All Transportation/Boston Car Service
2nd Vice President: Tina Benson of LA Limousine
Treasurer: Joe Puleo of Dav El/BostonCoach
Secretary: Open

Operator Directors: Alicia Hayes of American Classic Limo, Brendan McNiff of DPV Transportation, Brittni Bogar of All Points Limousine, Charlie Wisniewski of Teddy’s Transportation, Mark Kini of Boston Chauffeur, Peggy Allen of Adventure Limousine, Tami Saccoccio Rutter of Commonwealth Worldwide, and Richard Tessier of Great Bay Limousine

Vendor Directors: Bob Moody of Acton Fleet Sales, Robyn Goldenberg of Strategy Leaders, and Steve Crispo of Research Underwriters

NELA L to R: Brett Barenholtz of Above All/Boston Car, Joe Cardillo of AOT Global, Mark Kini of Boston Chauffeur, and Steve Crispo of Research Underwriters

The evening’s educational component—sponsored by Sky Coach & Limousine—was a panel discussion called Improving Margins: Efficiency and Effectiveness in the Ground Transportation Industry, led by Barenholtz, Cardillo, Kini, and Crispo.

“The overall point of discussion was not being afraid to raise prices,” says Szilagyi. Other topics included service costs and dynamic pricing; utilizing technology to limit loss runs; insurance costs; and questions from all attendees. In addition, Becky Laramee from All Points Limousine led a spontaneous discussion that encouraged members to pursue tax credits.

Acton Fleet Sales The all-new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series I on display at the meeting

Bill Cunningham and Bob Moody of Acton Fleet Sales were joined by Ted Leppzer of Stellantis to display the all-new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Series I, which garnered positive feedback from attendees on its utility in their livery fleets.

Acton Fleet SalesNELA's 2022 Golf Tournament will be held on August 9

Next up, NELA will be hosting its 2022 Golf Tournament on August 9 at the private Marlborough Country Club, one of New England’s top-rated courses, and a longtime association event. Welcoming a mix of novice and experienced golfers, the association is guaranteeing a fantastic time for all attendees. Along with a great day on the links, lunch will be served at the turn, followed by a delicious dinner. If interested in attending, sign up online or call 866.736.6352.

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MCI Coach Electric Yankee Line’s MCI J4500 CHARGE at the US Open

Yankee Line, a luxury bus and motorcoach operator based in Boston and ground transportation provider for the 2022 US Open, announced its partnership with the 2022 US Open and Motor Coach Industries (MCI) to operate the first zero-emission electric motorcoach for attendee shuttle service.

The zero-emission motorcoach shuttled the nearly 30,000 attendees daily between Forest Hills MBTA Station and The Country Club during the June 16-19 event. The 52-seat luxury electric motorcoach operated a full 15-hour shift with a single charge each day of the US Open, according to Yankee Line.

“Yankee Line is excited to have partnered with the United States Golf Association (USGA) and MCI to operate the fully-electric motorcoach which assisted in transporting thousands of attendees during this year’s US Open,” states Mike Costa, from Yankee Line. “We believe this partnership helps to pave a greener and more sustainable future within the transportation industry. We’re excited to work with the USGA and our other valued clients to continue to explore options to expand usage of this new zero-emission technology.”

“MCI was proud to partner with Yankee Line to showcase the luxury J4500 CHARGE at such a large public event,” said MCI Vice President Private Sector Sales Patricia Ziska. “The battery-electric CHARGE eliminates emissions while delivering high-capacity luxury coach transportation, a natural choice to support the USGA’s recent announcement that this US Open was the most sustainable in championship history.”

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