September 14, 2023
Video Highlights Charging Infrastructure Challenges for Motorcoaches
During the recent "Charge On America" tour organized by ABC Companies, a Van Hool TDX25E covered over 2,900 miles while traveling from California to Florida using publicly available charging networks.
The tour shed light on a significant challenge that ABC Companies consistently faces when moving electric buses across the country — the public charging infrastructure does not cater to the needs of medium or heavy-duty vehicles. This limitation restricts the growth of zero-emission vehicles, relegating them to depot-based charging, according to the company.
To illustrate the extent of this issue, ABC Companies released a two-minute video summarizing 13 days of charging experiences during the "Charge On America" tour. ABC says the findings emphasize the critical need for an inclusive approach to public charging infrastructure that considers the unique requirements of medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
The company is sharing the video with the broader public to raise awareness and educate stakeholders about the challenges faced by the motorcoach industry due to inadequate charging infrastructure. ABC urges policymakers, regulators, and industry leaders to include the development of robust public charging networks that can accommodate medium and heavy-duty vehicles, allowing electric motorcoaches to grow beyond depot charging applications.