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Electric buses to be on Albuquerque streets

Joy Wang
Updated: January 29, 2021 06:21 PM
Created: January 29, 2021 03:55 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Albuquerque is giving electric buses another chance.

They failed in years past when the city rolled out Albuquerque Rapid Transit.

The new Proterra Catalyst E2 bus will be in use starting Saturday.

It will run the 66-Central route at first, but officials want to test it out in different parts of the city to see what its battery life is like.

"We want to see how it does on terrain, how it does with a full load, how it does with different temperatures going up and down hills," said Danny Holcomb, Transit Department Director. 

The city anticipates the bus will run about 150 to 175 miles a day on one charge.

The new buses are different from the ART buses that were sent back after the city said they failed safety standards. 

"They were basically a brand new design," said Rick De Reyes of ABQ Ride. "In this case, this is Proterra. It's a different manufacturer. These are all over the country."

The city plans on buying five more of the virtually emission free Proterra buses by the end of the year.

"We've looked at several buses this go around, and we feel this is the best bus we can get for our money, and we're excited about this one," Holcomb said.

Money to buy the buses is coming from federal Transit Administration grants.

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