Coach and bus refurbishment demand booming: ADL
Business / Tue 7th Mar 2023 at 07:49am
INTEREST in vehicle refurbishment is growing rapidly as operators look to lengthen the lives of their coach and bus fleets, Alexander Dennis has found.
The OEM says that an “unprecedented, extended period of inactivity” for many vehicles during the pandemic is allowing some companies to extend the length of time they plan on keeping those fleet members. Interest is also down to a delay in governments’ support for new vehicles and some operators’ desire to wait and see what happens with alternative energy sources before committing.
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It would make sense for the government to encourage the refurb industry including those that remove old petrol and diesel engines for electric and hydrogen engines. It would be a greener and far less costly option than scrapping perfectly good vehicles to replace them with high carbon footprint battery driven cars, also it's clear that the problems with the pollution and supply of Lithium will make batteries a dead end technology for cars. Refurbishment will create the space whilst hydrogen combustion engines and a hydrogen economy are developed.