What Does the Bus Company of the Future Look Like?
Bus travel is one of the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and safest ways to travel.
But you already knew that.
Those three facts are one of the key drivers and value propositions that you explain to your customers every day.
While many futurists are describing "the what," that is, predicting buses will be exclusively electric or driverless at some point in the future, not a lot of folks are focusing on "the how."
We won't wake up one day surprised to find ourselves driving an electric vehicle fleet or managing an automated fleet. No, there's a lot of changes to be made, especially on the operations front.
That's where you come in. We know the passenger transportation industry is slow to change. We know that by and large that's a good thing - the people-focused and people-driven nature of the industry is part of why it's so strong.
We also know the industry isn't threatened by Uber-ization, as we talked about here.
Electric Passenger Vehicles are incoming, but not as cost-effective as most companies can justify for the time being. A combination of increases in battery efficiency and federal tax credit funds seen alongside decreases in operating costs has to happen before widespread adoption.
Once EV Buses are part of every fleet, the startup and operating costs will have fallen well below the costs associated with maintaining traditionally-fueled vehicles.
Not only that, the speed of charging the vehicles and the mileage obtained from a full charge will have to increase dramatically to convince the rational fleet owner (that's you!) to upgrade the entire fleet.
This may be a slow process, and that's okay! A lot of fleets are just now switching to cheaper and more efficient diesel-powered vehicles.
Green power is coming and in some cases, it's already here, but there are many, small operational adjustments that will take place on the way to the future bus company talked about in electric and driverless terms.
When the breakeven point arrives, you'll take action.
What are some things we should expect to change over the next few years?
How can we prepare for the future while getting the most out of our investments today?
For one, adopting new, strategic methods that improve mobility and efficiency in operations and fleet management.
The FMCSA intends for regulations to drive this sort of change. For example, pushing for trucks and Over the Road fleets to use ELDs was implemented with the intention of improving efficiency. Whether it's successful in doing so, only time will tell.
One thing we know for sure: innovative fleet managers, visionary fleet owners, and motivated drivers will be leading the way forward, not government regulation.
The fact remains, the technology available to fleets, in general, has never been more empowering, but never more confusing to sort through.
Everyone is promising returns on investment, but do they really break the mold?
Will they work for you?
Big marketing budgets take one-size-fits-all products and sell them to everyone with a wallet.
You’ve heard it all before.
Every sales pitch. Every marketing scheme. Crafted by people not in the trenches every day like you.
How about a service built by and for the everyday folks running the business?
From the manager to mechanics, it’s all here. Made just for you.
You should be able to feel the organization and freedom to work without the costs and fatigue of dealing with piles of paperwork.
Mobilize your bus fleet now for the future economy ahead.
We're confident we can get you where you want to go.