Report: More Green Buses In Our Future

What’s in the future for greener public transportation? The professional cleantech prognosticators over at Pike Research say it’s all about  hybrid electric and natural gas buses, as an alternative to traditional diesel buses.

According to a new report, we can expect worldwide deliveries of hybrid buses to nearly triple, from 5,514 vehicles in 2010 to 16,328 units in 2016. During the same period, natural gas bus deliveries will increase 61% to 15,937 vehicles and while fuel cell buses (running on hydrogen) will still rare and expensive, they’re likely to see some increases as well, with deliveries expected to reach 1,083 vehicles in 2016.

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Pike senior analyst Dave Hurst notes increased government spending on public transportation aimed at bolstering the economy in recent years as a factor in current and projected market growth. “While 2010 and 2011 are set up to be a bit of a hangover from that spending as most governments slow investment to rein in debt,” he said, in a statement, “transit agency interest in alternative fuel buses, and to a lesser extent BRT and rail systems, will remain bright spots in the global mass transit market.”

An Executive Summary of the report, entitled “Clean Mass Transit” is available is available for free download on the firm’s website.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.