This voice is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have any feedback.
As federal funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act of 2021 begin to flow, electric bus transit orders are on the rise amid continued supply chain disruptions, making it difficult for bus makers to deliver these vehicles. has become
In August, the Federal Transportation Administration announced that nearly $1.6 billion in grants had been provided to transit agencies, territories and states to purchase more than 1,800 new buses, including at least 1,100 zero-emission buses. bottom.
Orders for fixed-route bus manufacturers continue to grow. Volvo Group, which owns bus maker Nova Bus, said in its third-quarter report that demand for electric city buses “remains strong.”
California-based bus manufacturer GILLIG said in a press release that nearly half of its customers are using FTA funds to buy battery-electric buses. In a third-quarter letter to shareholders, bus and battery maker Proterra expects federal funding to “lead to significant growth in industry-wide demand in the coming months.” said.
New Flyer, which has five transit bus plants in the U.S. and Canada, reported a 17% increase in new firm and option orders in the third quarter, but said in a letter to shareholders in the third quarter that “deliveries are limited to COVID-19. -19 remains significantly lower than previous levels.” This is due to the logistical challenges of global supply chains and the associated production inefficiencies. ”
David Cooke, senior associate director of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University, noted the importance of vehicle electrification plans for transit agencies. Not only does the FTA call for transition plans, but the availability of buses, chargers and other necessary infrastructure hardware could occur at various times, possibly years apart, Cook says. said Mr. “So I can’t stress enough how important a transition plan is,” he said.