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  Smaller vehicles showing sales growth in latest ABA Foundation report


  From Metro:

Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a jump in sales for the 30- to 40-foot and 40- to 45-foot buses, with year-over-year sales remaining high, according to the American Bus Association Foundation’s third quarter 2019 Motorcoach Builder Survey.

While there as a slight dip in new 45-foot buses (-2.9%) year-over-year from 484 units in 2018 to 470 units in 2019. The smaller bus market saw significant growth. The third quarter produced the largest number of 40- to 45-foot bus sales for the year at 14, compared to only one sold in Q318. The 30- to 40-foot motorcoach sales grew 68% over the same quarter last year going from 19 in 2018 to 32 units sold in 2019.

In total, year-over-year sales remained nearly the same in the third quarter with 727 (516 new and 211 used) buses sold in 2019 vs 732 (504 new and 228 used) in 2018.

"The rise in the smaller motorcoaches mirrors the trend we have been talking about for some time now: people want smaller, intimate trips with friends and family,"

 

Based on surveys of the major motorcoach manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, motorcoach sales from the participating manufacturers saw a jump in sales for the 30- to 40-foot and 40- to 45-foot buses, with year-over-year sales remaining high, according to the American Bus Association Foundation’s third quarter 2019 Motorcoach Builder Survey.
In total, year-over-year sales remained nearly the same in the third quarter with 727 (516 new and 211 used) buses sold in 2019 vs 732 (504 new and 228 used) in 2018. -TEMSA

said Peter Pantuso, president of the ABA Foundation. "Our passengers want unique personalized trips and that means smaller groups taking more trips. The industry is now doing a fantastic job meeting the needs of all customers, large and small."...................READ MORE >

  China's electric bus and rail industries threaten national security, retired military leaders tell Congress

"China's growing dominance in the EV (electric vehicle) market threatens American competitiveness and has significant national security implications for the United States," stated a letter to members of Congress from Securing America's Energy Future (SAFE), a Washington, D.C., think tank.

From Bus & Motorcoach News:

"China's growing dominance in the EV (electric vehicle) market threatens American competitiveness and has significant national security implications for the United States," stated a letter to members of Congress from Securing America's Energy Future (SAFE), a Washington, D.C., think tank.

"If China captures the EV market, the United States' opportunity to enhance energy security by divorcing itself from an unstable global market merely swaps our reliance on one volatile oil market for a dependence on Beijing for our EVs," the letter continued. "Moreover, the infiltration of Chinese technology into the EV sector raises substantial cybersecurity risks that may be difficult to assess and address."

The letter was signed Aug. 26 by 14 retired generals and admirals and a former U.S. Navy Secretary. SAFE describes itself as an organization that "unites prominent military and business leaders to develop and advocate for policies that improve America's energy security by significantly curtailing our dependence on oil and promoting responsible use of our domestic energy resources."

BYD responded, in an Oct. 8 press release, "Special interests' xenophobic attacks on the largest and most successful Union-made American bus company are attacks on hardworking veterans, single parents and vulnerable families seeking to better their community. These special interests are exploiting ignorance, hatred and fear on behalf of BYD's competitors at the expense of real progress in the ongoing battle against climate change."

The SAFE letter addressed legislation pending in the U.S. House and Senate, part of the National Defense Authorization Act, that would prevent federal transit funds from being used to purchase rail cars or buses from "Chinese-owned, controlled or subsidized companies."

"China has made capturing the electric vehicle sector a central part of its Made in China 2025 strategy, through which China seeks to gain strategic advantages over global-great-power rivals dominating nascent critical industries," the SAFE letter said. "China is pursuing this goal by providing aggressive government subsidies to Chinese corporations to lower prices to win business, undermining principles of fair competition and competitive markets."....... READ MORE >
 

  NCST Gears Up for 2020

 From School Bus Fleet:

MONTPELIER, Vt. - As the 17th National Congress on School Transportation (NCST) nears, the Steering Committee met last week to firm up plans, including those concerning state delegates.

The Congress will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, from May 17 to 20. Delegates from the states and territories will discuss, debate, and vote on whether changes introduced by writing committees will be included in the 2020 edition of the National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures manual (the NSTSP). The NSTSP is used by states, industry, and others as a reference guide when drafting legislation, rules, policies and procedures.

The NCST Steering Committee met in Columbus, Ohio, last week during the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) conference, according to a news release from the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS). The committee includes representatives from four sponsoring organizations: NASDPTS (including the School Bus Manufacturers Technical Council), the NAPT, the National School Transportation Association, and the National Safety Council. Writing committees have been researching requests for changes to the 2015 NSTSP.

 

MONTPELIER, Vt. - As the 17th National Congress on School Transportation (NCST) nears, the Steering Committee met last week to firm up plans, including those concerning state delegates.

The NCST’s Steering Committees and writing committees are preparing for the 2020 Congress. Murrell Martin (shown left) and Bill Loshbough are shown here leading a discussion at NCST 2015.

Earlier this year, state agency heads were asked to designate the chair of their state’s delegation to the Congress. Within the next month, state delegation chairs will receive instructions on appointing their delegates and registering them online. Shortly thereafter, the recommended changes to the NSTSP will be distributed to each state chair for distribution to their delegations. Comments received from states will be considered by the respective Writing Committees, and the final recommended changes will be drafted.

In May, the state delegations will come together at the Congress to deliberate and vote on the proposed changes following parliamentary procedure. Each state represented may have up to seven delegates on the floor, representing a variety of student transportation interests, with each state’s delegation having one vote.......... .READ MORE >


 

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