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ABQ Tests Electric Buses

ABQ RIDE is testing two all-electric buses on two of its routes

If you want to ride on an electric bus in Albuquerque, today and Thursday are the times.

The city’s bus system, ABQ RIDE, is testing two all-electric buses on two of its routes, the agency said. Today, the transit department is running a 40-foot electric bus on its 40/D route, which circulates through the Downtown area. The bus can get 150 miles on a single charge.

On Thursday, the system will deploy both the 40-foot bus as well as a 60-foot articulated bus. The articulated vehicle will run on the 766 Rapid Ride Red Line route along Central Avenue. It gets 170 miles per charge.

ABQ RIDE Director Bruce Rizzieri said he’s evaluating the buses, which are made by BYD Electric in Lancaster, Calif., to see if they’re suitable for Albuquerque. “If there are ‘zero emission’ transit vehicles available that can meet Albuquerque’s transit needs, and lower our carbon footprint, I want to take a look at how these vehicles operate on the road,” Rizzieri said.

The buses are on loan from the manufacturer.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.