Steve O’Neill has joined EVM to head its work with AOS Isuzu vehicles in the UK market. His appointment forms part of wider business expansion for EVM that has also seen the unveiling of a new brand and a move to larger premises in West Sussex.
Mr O’Neill brings over 30 years’ coach industry experience into the role with EVM. That includes leadership of Gillingham operator The Kings Ferry, during which time he oversaw sale of the family business to National Express. After that, Mr O’Neill was involved in establishing the Irizar UK dealership until leaving during 2019.
With EVM, Mr O’Neill will first focus on the AOS Visigo mid-sized coach and the Grand Toro model, while the smaller battery-electric Novociti Volt bus will premiere at Euro Bus Expo at the NEC Birmingham on 1-3 November. It will be shown alongside the Visigo and Grand Toro and members of EVM’s established range.
Managing Director Danny McGee has confirmed that EVM has orders in hand for the “majority of initial stock units” from AOS Isuzu and that examples of the Grand Toro and Visigo are already in the UK being prepared for customers. He adds that EVM is “very excited” to have Mr O’Neill onboard and that the former coach operator’s presence will add momentum to UK rollout of the brand.
“Having known Steve for many years and worked with him on several projects, he was a natural choice to join our team and assist in the implementation of the AOS Isuzu brand,” continues Mr McGee. “Our focus for the future is to develop the product range for the UK market while delivering excellent customer service.”
Adds Steve O’Neill: “I am very excited to be joining EVM UK as the head of AOS Isuzu. I have had a great relationship with Danny and Sales and Marketing Director Peter Flynn for many years and always admired their approach to the market and their customer focused position.
“Now with the exciting range of coaches and buses from AOS Isuzu, it is great to join them for their next stage of development.”