GVR Report cover North America Bus Market Size, Share & Trends Report

North America Bus Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Single Deck, Double Deck), By Fuel Type (Diesel, Electric & Hybrid), By Seat Capacity, By Application (Transit, School, Coach), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-080-9
  • Number of Pages: 120
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Industry: Technology

Market Size & Trends

The North America bus market size was valued at USD 5.77 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.3 % from 2023 to 2030. The replacement of the public diesel-powered transit bus fleet with battery-powered or hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses is expected to drive the growth of the North America buses market growth. The growing popularity of electric buses for intracity travel and school commuting is expected to propel the growth of the market. Increasing usage of buses in airports, government facilities, and luxury tourism is further anticipated to positively impact the growth of the North American bus market.

U.S. bus market market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

Growing concerns regarding the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases and pollution level is encouraging American and Canadian government organizations to undertake several initiatives to reduce carbon emission levels. One such initiative includes electrifying the public transport fleet by procuring electric buses through bus manufacturers. For instance, on May 2023, the Canadian government announced the procurement of 1,299 electric buses to enhance the electric public transportation network in the eastern province of Quebec, Canada. Additionally, Canada's Federal and provincial government is said to invest USD 585 million and USD 823.2 million, respectively, to purchase 1,229 electric buses for Quebec.

Moreover, the ongoing transition from conventional buses to battery-powered and hydrogen-fuel-powered buses is driving the demand in the region. The U.S. Federal government, schools, automobile manufacturers & suppliers, and regional public transport providers to install efficient charging infrastructure are partnering to reduce the challenge faced by fleet operators in the electric bus market. They are working on the development of battery charging infrastructure and hydrogen fuel stations in the region. For instance, in April 2023, BorgWarner Inc., an automotive supplier, announced its partnership with Pontiac City School District, Michigan, for providing proprietary charging with direct current fast chargers enabling vehicle-to-grid charging for 25 IC electric buses.

Moreover, prominent players in the North America bus market investing in developing low-emission diesel engines. These engines are integrated with clean diesel technology, require lesser fuel, and have lower operating costs, thereby buses integrated with clean diesel engine technology are widely used for transit buses. For instance, in April 2023, New Flyer, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., announced that they had received the order for an additional 116 Xcelsior heavy-duty transit buses on behalf of the New York City Transit Authority. The Xcelsior buses are equipped with a diesel engine that complies with the Heavy-Duty National Program standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This engine, when used with ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, emits 95% fewer nitrogen oxides compared to regular emissions.

Type Insights

The single deck segment accounted for the largest market share of more than 92% in 2022and is expected to exhibit the fastest CAGR over the forecast. The aggressive investments being made across the U.S. and Canada to enhance the road transportation network have increased the accessibility of single-deck buses for interstate travel for passengers. Several city administrations are pursuing plans to convert their entire bus fleets to all electric vehicles. For instance, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is contemplating replacing its entire bus fleet with zero-emission vehicles by 2040.

Many cities are pursuing plans to convert their public transport fleets to electric bus fleets. For instance, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to convert its ICE buses to zero-emission buses by 2040. Similarly, in January 2023, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) U.S. announced funding worth approximately USD 1.7 million for state authorities to upgrade or purchase buses and improve bus facilities. Such initiatives encourage manufacturers to produce single-deck electric buses, thereby opening new opportunities for market growth.

Fuel Type Insights

The diesel segment accounted for the largest market share of more than 73% in 2022. Diesel tends to be relatively cheaper as compared to other vehicle fuels. Hence, diesel-fired buses are largely preferred owing to their lesser operating costs. Diesel engines are also considered rigid, and safe. Hence, diesel engines power 95% of all school buses in North America. Among these, the cleanest, nearly emission-free diesel engine technology is used by 58% of consumers. While most schools are being encouraged to utilize blends of high-quality biodiesel and renewable fuel to power their school buses and several schemes are also being launched to encourage the electrification of buses, the high initial costs and investments are compelling local agencies to continue using diesel buses.

The electric and hybrid segment accounted for a significant market share in 2022 and is poised for rapid growth over the forecast period. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the continued electrification of public fleets and the aggressive adoption of hybrid buses by public fleet operators in the U.S. A myriad of incentives, subsidiaries, and rebates are offered to electrify the existing bus fleet. For instance, the City of Jonesboro in the U.S. state of Arkansas received funding worth USD 878,584 to buy hybrid buses. These buses would replace older diesel buses and subsequently help in improving air quality throughout the city.

Seat Capacity Insights

The 31-50 seat segment accounted for the largest market share of more than 49% in 2022and is expected to exhibit the fastest CAGR of around 11.2 % over the forecast period. Buses with a capacity of 30-50 seats are utilized for scheduled travel, tourism, and student transportation. Traffic congestion in particular makes these buses an preferable alternative to public transport.

Electrification is also emerging as a popular trend, particularly when it comes to buses with a capacity of 31-50 seats.Several initiatives are being pursued to curb pollution and protect school-going children from vehicular pollution. For instance, the U.S. government’s Clean School Bus program envisages the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) covering up to 100% of the cost of replacing incumbent school buses with zero-emission school buses, including the cost of vehicles and the charging infrastructure.

Moreover, prominent manufacturers in the bus market, including Volvo, and Daimler AG, among others, are proactively following the electrification trend. For instance, in February 2022, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) ordered 20 LFSe+ along with an option for 20 more units, totaling 40 electric buses, from Nova Bus, a Volvo group member, as part of the former’s sustainability initiatives.

Application Insights

The school segment accounted for the largest market share of over 79% in 2022 and is expected to exhibit the fastest growth rate of 10.8 % over the forecast period. Factors such as refurbishment and replacing existing fossil fuel-powered bus fleets with electric are expected to support the segmental growth over the forecast period. According to the New York School Bus Contractors Association. Inc., more than 480,000 school buses are operating in the U.S., of which the majority are powered by fossil fuels such as diesel and petrol.

North America bus market share and size, 2022

Diesel-powered buses produce diesel exhaust, known as a carcinogen, associated with severe health problems ranging from asthma to cognitive impairment. Government authorities in the U.S. and Canada have introduced initiatives to replace fossil fuel-based buses with electric buses. For instance, the under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program aims to invest USD 5 million in existing school buses with low or zero-emission school buses. In April 2023, under the Clean School Bus Program, the U.S. government announced the release of USD 400 million in grants for electric school buses. Until now, the government has awarded about USD 1 million, which is said to support the purchase of 2,463 buses, of which 95 % are electric buses.

Regional Insights

The U.S. accounted for the largest market share of over 89 % in 2022. The growth is attributed to factors such as the transition to electric funding by the government to electrify public transit bus fleets in Canada and the United States, and growing investment toward bus charging infrastructure is expected to propel the growth. The development of electric bus fleets by private transit service operators and aggressive investment by the school and federal government to electrify school buses fleet within the country are other factors driving the growth. Over the forecast period, technological advancements in diesel engines, electric motors, and hydrogen fuel cell technology are expected to augment the growth.

Canada is expected to exhibit the fastest CAGR over the forecast period.Canada is also undertaking initiatives for the deployment of electric buses in the country. In January 2023, the mayor of Ottawa announced USD 350 million in federal funding to purchase 350 electric buses and install the charging infrastructure for the bus fleet in Ottawa. The region is also witnessing a trend of private transit entities in Canada electrifying their vehicle fleets in association with major bus manufacturers present in Canada, which is further driving the market growth.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The North America bus market is fragmented consisting of several regional players. The players are focusing on initiating strategies such as product launches, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and product development. For instance, in January 2023, Provost, a subsidiary of Volvo Buses, announced the launch of H3-45 coach buses for the North American region. The bus has been re-designed with a new aerodynamic shape which reduces the drag force, thereby improving fuel efficiency. The improved aerodynamic design of the bus makes the vehicle up to 12% more fuel efficient, thereby reducing emission and operating costs. The product will help Provost expand its product offering in the North American region. In addition, in January 2023, the company launched the H3-45 coach bus specifically for North America. The launch will help the company to strengthen its market position. Some prominent players in the North America bus market include:

  • AB Volvo

  • Anhui Ankai Automobile Co., Ltd.

  • Blue Bird Corporation

  • BYD Company Limited

  • Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz Group AG )

  • Iveco SpA

  • NAVISTAR (Traton Group)

  • NFI Group

  • Proterra Inc.

  • REV Group

North America Bus Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 6.15 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 12.23 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 10.3 % from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million; volume in units, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, volume forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Type, fuel type, seat capacity, application, region

Regional scope

North America

Country scope

U.S.; Canada

Key companies profiled

AB Volvo; Anhui Ankai Automobile Co., Ltd.; Blue Bird Corporation; BYD Company Limited Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz Group AG ); Iveco SpA; NAVISTAR (Traton Group); NFI Group; Proterra Inc.; REV Group; Proterra Inc.

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North America Bus Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at regional and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the North America bus market report based on type, fuel type, seat capacity, application, and region:

  • Type Outlook (Volume, Units; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Single Deck

    • Double Deck

  • Fuel Type Outlook (Volume, Units; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Diesel

    • Electric and Hybrid

    • Other Fuel Type

  • Seat Capacity Outlook (Volume, Units; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • 15-30 Seats

    • 31-50 Seats

    • More Than 50 Seats

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Units; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Transit

    • School

    • Coach

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Units; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

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