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ABA Urges Caution in Transition to Electric Vehicles


The American Bus Association (ABA) issued the following statement from President and CEO Peter J. Pantuso in support of the Clean Freight Coalition regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s final Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations for Heavy-Duty Vehicles-Phase 3 rule:

“The ABA and its members, along with those of the Clean Freight Coalition, are committed to a cleaner environment and support appropriate climate initiatives that gradually move the United States in that direction. Today, the ABA emphasizes that modern motorcoaches, powered by clean diesel, are among the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation. They produce fewer emissions per person per mile than nearly all other forms of passenger transportation. Motorcoaches also contribute to a cleaner environment and alleviate traffic congestion by taking up to 50 individuals out of their cars.

“However, the ABA expresses grave concerns regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent rule mandating a rapid shift to electric vehicles. This forced march towards electric vehicles will result in a significant increase in equipment costs, potentially doubling them. Moreover, the current lack of infrastructure and limited electric capacity make this transition impractical and financially burdensome for the industry and consumers.

“The ABA firmly believes that a realistic and gradual approach is necessary to ensure a successful transition to electric vehicles. Rushing this process without adequate infrastructure and electric capacity will only burden the end user, the consumer, and the taxpayer with increased costs. The ABA urges policymakers to consider the long-term implications and feasibility of such a transition, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive plan that addresses the challenges associated with electric vehicle adoption.

“As an association representing the motorcoach industry, the ABA remains steadfast in its commitment to working with policymakers, industry stakeholders, and environmental advocates. The ABA advocates for the development of sustainable solutions that balance environmental goals with economic realities. The ABA encourages a collaborative approach that considers the unique challenges faced by the motorcoach industry and ensures a cleaner and more efficient transportation system for all. This approach necessitates a comprehensive plan that addresses the challenges associated with electric vehicle adoption.”

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


Ben H. Rome, Director of Communications, ABA
Office: (202) 218-7220
Email: brome@buses.org

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