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Authorized Resources Ltd.

Our large inventory of fairly priced vehicles includes the finest available shuttle buses, church buses, tour buses, used buses, wheelchair vans, limo buses, charter buses and ADA adult mobility vehicles with gas and diesel engines. We are always looking for good used buses. Many of our buses are sold directly to other dealers and brokers. We own and have on hand all the vehicles presented here on our website.


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Authorized Resources Ltd.

Our large inventory of fairly priced vehicles includes the finest available shuttle buses, church buses, tour buses, used buses, wheelchair vans, limo buses, charter buses and ADA adult mobility vehicles with gas and diesel engines. We are always looking for good used buses. Many of our buses are sold directly to other dealers and brokers. We own and have on hand all the vehicles presented here on our website.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining traction, with promises of cleaner transportation and lower long-term fuel costs. However, when considering EV shuttle buses, the financial implications are far more complex than they initially appear. Let’s delve into the hidden expenses that might make EV shuttle buses a financially impractical choice.

Reconditioned Shuttle Bus
Reconditioned Shuttle Bus

Upfront Costs: Sticker Shock

The purchase price of an EV shuttle bus is significantly higher than its gasoline or diesel-powered counterpart. This substantial upfront investment can be a major barrier for many potential buyers. The financial burden makes adopting these vehicles difficult for many businesses and municipalities.

Repair Costs: A Specialized (and Expensive) Affair

EV maintenance and repairs present unique challenges. The lack of a widespread network of EV-certified repair facilities and a shortage of trained technicians means your bus may need expensive transportation to a distant location for repairs. Furthermore, the rapidly evolving technology in batteries, electronic control systems, and software adds uncertainty regarding the availability and pricing of essential parts. Expect longer repair times and significantly higher costs.

Insurance Premiums: Reflecting the Risk

It’s important to understand that insurance for an EV shuttle bus will likely carry higher premiums. Insurance companies factor in the greater replacement cost of EVs, along with the specialized expertise and parts involved in repairs. The result? You’ll pay more per month to insure your fleet.

The Unknown Factor: Resale Value

The resale market for used EV shuttle buses is still in its infancy. It’s difficult to predict their long-term value, and rapid technological advancements could lead to substantial depreciation. This uncertainty means when the time comes to replace your EV shuttle bus, you may well find that it has a negligible trade-in value.

The Bottom Line

While the environmental benefits of EVs are undeniable, the financial aspects of EV shuttle buses deserve scrutiny. The higher initial purchase price, unpredictable repair expenses, increased insurance premiums, and uncertain resale value make EV shuttle buses a risky investment. Before making the switch, it’s vital to weigh these hidden costs meticulously against any projected fuel savings or environmental benefits.

It’s prudent to thoroughly research the operating costs in your region and seek out real-world experiences from other EV shuttle bus operators before taking the plunge.