Mellor appoints Overland Custom Coach as exclusive Canadian distributor for battery-electric Sigma models
Mellor, has forged a strategic alliance with Overland Custom Coach, designating them as the exclusive distributor for Mellor’s battery-electric models in the Canadian market. This partnership represents a significant milestone in Mellor’s expansion efforts and signifies its ambitious entry into the Canadian transit sector.
Teaming up with Overland Custom Coach, a trusted player in Canada’s transit market since 1981, provides Mellor with a strong foundation to introduce its innovative battery-electric Sigma range. As part of this collaboration, Overland Custom Coach will assume sales and service responsibilities for Mellor’s Sigma buses across Canada.
The state-of-the-art buses are equipped with a stainless steel monocoque design, lightweight construction, low-floor accessibility, and precision British engineering. The Sigma models range from 7 to 12 metres, so there is a bus to meet the unique requirements of all Canadian transit authorities. The Sigma family also boasts an impressive range exceeding 200 kilometres utilising cobalt-free LFP batteries.
This partnership aligns with Mellor’s international growth strategy, where Canada sits as a strategic target market. Mellor is actively exploring a number of additional new markets while fine-tuning its product offerings to cater to diverse global demands.
Gustavo Marqueta, Group Business Development Director, commented on the partnership: “Having been embedded in the Canadian transit market as a leading bus supplier since 1981, Overland’s rich history and customer-centric philosophy partnered with Mellor’s ingenuity and elite engineering expertise will provide our Canadian customers with a progressive and secure e-mobility experience. We look forward to see the first Sigma vehicles certified to Canadian standards in early 2024”
Bart Dries, President of Overland Custom Coach, added: “We first approached Mellor over a decade ago, having identified our shared customer-driven business acumen to design and supply innovative, size-appropriate transit vehicle solutions. The time is now right for the globally proven Sigma all-electric suite of buses to answer the call of the Canadian transit community and deliver world-leading zero emission technology in an unprecedented range of sizes and capacities.
“Not only does this partnership drive forward the growth of Mellor and Overland, but it also propels a whole new generation of zero-emission, Specialized and On Demand Transit service delivery modes for all of Canada.”
As an integral part of the WN VTech group, Mellor merges zero-emission technology with size-appropriate design, reshaping bus routes to offer inclusive and sustainable transport solutions for urban and regional environments worldwide. Mellor’s Sigma range, comprising fully electric, emission-free low-floor buses, undergoes rigorous durability testing at a world-class facility in the UK – UTAC Millbrook, ensuring confidence in product durability and integrity.