China, with its huge population and ongoing pollution issues, looks set to lead the way on the deployment of electric buses over the next decade.
That’s the prediction of a new study into the use of electrified buses in the communist nation by Research and Markets.
The study shows Chinese cities are tipped to increase the nations electric bus market to pass 354,000 units by 2025.
The boost in demand for electric bus is driven by declining battery costs, improving operational efficiencies, and increasing replacement of old conventional buses with new electric ones.
And it won’t be hybrid buses that are being put to work, the study predicts pure electric buses are expected to hold close to an 86% share in the Chinese market.
They say the rapid take-up of electric vehicles will see their cost continue to fall during the period.
About a third of China’s existing bus fleet is more than five years and the replacement of these buses will be a big contributing factor to the switch to electric.
While a couple of brands that might be familiar to Australians are set to cash in, including Yutong, Higer and Dongfeng.
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