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Navigant forecasts global sales of electric drive buses to reach 181,000 in 2026

In a new report, Navigant Research forecasts that the global market for electric drive buses will grow from about 119,000 buses in 2016 to 181,000 in 2026.

Electric drive buses of all types are expected to see steady sales growth over the next decade, driven by clean air legislation and government incentives. The global market is dominated by the rapid growth of battery electric bus sales in China thanks to recent changes in incentives, while hybrid drive is growing strongly in other markets.

—David Alexander, senior research analyst with Navigant Research

As battery cell costs decline following strong growth in the consumer electric vehicle market, the battery electric is expected to be the best-selling type of electric powertrain for buses through 2026, according to the report.

Meanwhile, hybrid drive sales are anticipated to grow steadily, fuel cells are expected to enter series production by 2026, and plug-in hybrid drive is expected to get more popular for the rest of the current decade before sales start to decline.



China will add 100,000 electrified buses by 2026 and 'the rest of the world' may do twice as much or even a bit more. That would give at least 300,000 new added e-buses by 2026.

Navigant is off again?

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