If there was any doubt about the viability of electric buses, think again. A recent report by Inside Climate News finds that the demand for e-buses in cities and states — around the country — is far outpacing the production of the vehicles.
- Electric buses are in high demand in the U.S. and that demand is projected to rise even higher.
- Their currently 650 electric buses on roads across the U.S., more than double the number reported last year.
- Manufacturing has struggled to keep up with the demand of electric buses in the U.S.
Although China ranks at the top market for electric buses, the U.S. demand for the e-powered versions of the vehicles is on the rise.
From Gulfport, Mississippi to Portland, Maine, there have been a growing number of cities and states looking to swap out their gas-powered buses for EV models, at a pace greater than the current production capacity for the vehicles.
According to Inside Climate News, there are currently 650 e-buses on the road in the U.S. That’s more than double the number of 300 reported by the research group, BloombergNEF, in 2018. Based on the current pledges by state, city and transit authorities, at least a third of all the public transit buses in the U.S. will be fully electric by 2045.
The New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE uses an electric motor powered by energy stored in rechargeable batteries. (Photo: New Flyer)
Most of the funding for electric buses in the U.S. stems from an Obama-era-grant program, which is credited with financing energy projects in roughly 38 states, in 2019 alone, as detailed in the Inside Climate News story.
To date, only Arkansas, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and West Virginia have no plans of adding electric buses or hydrogen-powered buses to their public transit fleets.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The spike in electric buses in the U.S. is another indication of how mobility and transportation in the U.S. is shifting towards electrification. The growth in the sector also suggests that there could be a lot of business opportunities opening up in the space in the U.S., as more companies seek to meet the demand for the vehicles.