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ART Announces Plan for Electric Buses

Albuquerque Rapid Transit to use fleet of electric buses.

Mayor Richard J. Berry announced on July 13 that following  ground breaking for the project,  that the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project will purchase battery-electric buses. This follows the City’s selection of Build Your Dreams (BYD) bus company of Lancaster, CA to design and supply the buses for ART.

America’s first 60-foot articulated battery-electric transit buses will provide an eco-friendly, high efficiency, long-lasting bus with increased reliability and simplified maintenance. These top of the line buses will also provide a 50% savings on monthly energy and maintenance costs.

“The selection of electric buses makes the ART project an even more sustainable project for Albuquerque’s future,” said Mayor Richard Berry. “Careful deliberation has gone into the selection process, and it was found that these buses are the best fit with the most dynamic benefits for the City of Albuquerque and the ART project. ART will not only have a lasting positive impact on improving transit options in Albuquerque, but with the selection of electric buses, it will also increase environmental efficiency and cost savings.”

When compared to diesel options, the electric buses are shown to provide significant long term cost savings. Cost comparison shows operating a fleet of 18 diesel buses for a year would cost approximately $4.6 million annually, whereas electric buses would cost $1million. Additionally, operational costs for a diesel fleet over the span of 12 years is approximately $56 million, compared to $12 million for a fleet of electric buses. This far offsets the increased original capital cost of approximately $7 million combined for all 18 vehicles.

Cost savings are only one facet of the benefits of electric buses. Selecting electric buses also improves the health quality for Albuquerque residents. Exhaust from diesel buses includes pollutants and emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, whereas electric buses provide clean energy, which reduces the City’s carbon footprint.

Albuquerque Rapid Transit is expected to break ground in August 2016, with completion in fall 2017. For more information on the project and bus design, visit or call the ART hotline at 505-398-4ART (4278).

tBYD Electric Bus-demo

BYD 40 ft. Electric battery bus. The new ART buses will be 60-foot articulated buses.