This article is out of the UK
Electric transit buses enter the fast-follower market stage as the leaders work to remove the last barriers to adoption. Q&A with Proterra’s Ryan Popple and ABB’s Daan Nap on the state of the market and charging standards in North America and Europe.
With each passing year, more decision makers are realizing that city buses are an ideal application for EVs. They drive predictable routes. They can easily be charged overnight in depots or at scheduled stops during the day. They constantly stop and go, which is ideal for EV drivetrains and regenerative braking. And the prospect of eliminating the noise and the clouds of black soot associated with legacy diesel buses is attractive to both riders and city planners. Best of all, e-buses save money. Lots and lots of money, thanks to lower fuel and maintenance costs. We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars over the lifespan of just one electric bus compared to diesel.
So it’s no wonder that companies in the electric bus market are very optimistic. From North America to Europe to China, the industry continues to mature quickly, and leaders are beginning to emerge, with strong business models.
Charged recently caught up with a couple of those leaders to talk about the current state of the electric bus market, and learn more about developing charging standards around the world.
Proterra is a clear leader on our home continent. The company claims over 50% market share in North America in terms of both customers and vehicle count. We asked CEO Ryan Popple where the EV transit industry is headed in the next few years.