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Transportation Resources

Resources to help educate community members about clean transportation topics, options, and initiatives.

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electric car icon Why Drive an Electric Vehicle (EV)?

More information on the benefits of driving an EV.

They’re cheaper to drive and operate

There are more options than ever to buy new, used, or lease an EV at an affordable price. Less maintenance and our low-cost electricity help you save. See how much driving electric could save you - calculate fuel costs.

They reduce emissions

Cutting emissions of carbon dioxide and short-lived climate pollutants is critical to slow the rate of global warming and achieve the targets set by the Paris Agreement.

They’re convenient

They’re affordable

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All electric vehicles have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. The vehicle uses a large battery to power the electric motor and must be plugged in to a charging station or wall outlet to charge. EVs have no tailpipe exhaust, and they do not contain the typical fuel components, such as a fuel pump, fuel line or fuel tank. This means less fuel costs and lower overall cost of ownership. If you’re thinking about an EV, here are some things to consider:

How much range you need

If your daily commute is 80 miles or less, most models will get you there on one charge. If you are going further, consider a model with ranges of 200+ miles per charge. Find your ride.

How to charge your EV

There a plenty of places to charge your EV, either at work, at home, or on the go. Your charging time will depend on the type of charger you use.

Electric vehicle home changing information.

How to find an EV charging station near you

Find a charging station on PlugShare. There are charging stations all over Albuquerque to help you get where you need to go.

Learn more about the Electrified Dealership Program

If you’re considering buying an EV, consider visiting one of Albuquerque's Electrified Dealerships.

The City of Albuquerque has introduced a new Electrified Dealer Program designed to enhance the electric vehicle (EV) purchasing experience and help increase EV purchasing and leasing in the Albuquerque area. Through this program, local dealers can take advantage of specialized EV training and educational materials.

Learn more about the benefits, requirements, and sales staff training the Electrified Dealership Program offers.

Trained Dealerships

University Volkswagen Mazda and Perfection Honda

University Volkswagen Mazda team who completed the City's Electrified Dealership program.  Perfection Honda completed the Electrified Dealership Program

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Public EV charging stations at the BioPark

Across the nation, gasoline-powered vehicles are recognized as a primary source of greenhouse emissions. In the Albuquerque area, vehicles are the largest contributor of hazardous air pollutants and emit carbon monoxide that forms ground level ozone. These pollutants can cause lung damage and heart disease, shortening human lifespans. Recognizing the important of reducing vehicle emissions, the City has taken steps to convert to both heavy and light duty vehicles to cleaner burning fuels and electric vehicles. Read more about current transportation projects below.

Green Sticker Program

If your vehicle produces low or no emissions, you might qualify for some low-cost down town parking! The Green vehicle parking program offers parking at any meter within the city for two hours for the low cost of $29 annually. To qualify, visit the green parking web page to learn your vehicle’s greenhouse gas score and apply for a permit. If your vehicle meets the conditions of the greenhouse score, the City will issue you a sticker giving you access to meters for 2 hours a day with no additional charge.

Fleet Electrification

The City of Albuquerque has implemented a “ZEV First” or Zero Emissions First vehicle adoption policy, which prioritizes adopting zero and low emissions vehicles when old city vehicles are due for replacement. By electrifying and reducing the emissions of the City’s fleet, the City will save taxpayer money on fuel and maintenance, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve air quality by cutting down on nitrogen and sulfur oxides (NOx and SOx). As part of the Climate Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Collaborative, the City gets the best deals on hybrid and electric vehicles while sharing best practices across the country.

Public EV Charging

The City of Albuquerque’s sustainability plans extend beyond City Hall to making sure everyone feels the benefits of a cleaner, greener city. Working with The Nature Conservancy, CABQ commissioned a siting location study to help us figure out where electric vehicle (EV) stations would have the most benefit, particularly in neighborhoods with the greatest need. Beginning in 2019, the City has steadily increased the number of City-owned public EV charging stations from 2 stations with 2 charging ports to currently 20 public EV charging stations with 36 charging ports.

Safer Streets

Vision Zero is a commitment to create safer streets for all, whether walking, biking, driving, or taking transit, and regardless of age or ability. It is used around the world to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. View Mayor Keller's Executive Order committing to Vision Zero.

Ways to Drive Less

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Not ready to purchase an EV? There are more ways that you can drive less.

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City's electric bus and bus stop on a sunny spring day

It is Easy to Plan and Ride

Explore Public Transit Benefits

Good for our Environment

  • Public transit trips produce less than half the carbon emissions of driving a car or using a rideshare service
  • Public transit reduces U.S. carbon emissions about 63 million metric tons a year and reduces the number of vehicles on the road
  • Public transit reduces U.S. gasoline use about 6.6 million gallons a day

Good for Our Economy

  • ​Public transit generates $5 in economic returns for every $1 invested

Good for Safety

  • Public transit is 10 times safer per mile than traveling by car
  • Public transit reduces your risk of being in a car accident by 90%

Good for Our Wallet

  • Public transit can save the average household $10,000 a year by using transit more often and living with one less car

Good for Your Health

  • Public transit users walk more than the average car commuter, which can lead to better physical and mental health
  • Public transit allows you to read, write, daydream, meditate, or simply relax while traveling, things that are difficult or dangerous to do while driving a car

Good for Our Community

  • Public transit provides freedom, choice, access, and mobility for everyone, especially the many people who may not have access to a car, like children, the elderly, low-income families, and people with disabilities
  • Public transit can build strong, vibrant, and livable communities with easy access to a variety of housing, shops, restaurants, libraries, parks, and other economic and social amenities that can improve a community’s quality of life

Benefits of Public Transit: Less than half the carbon emissions of driving a car; Reduces U.S. carbon emissions about 63 million metric tons a year; Reduces U.S. gasoline use about 6.6 million gallons a day; Generates $5 in economic returns for every $1 invested

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Walk or Bike

There are hundreds of miles of bike and walking routes all over the city to help you get where you need to go safely and quickly. Need a boost? Try an e-bike!

Explore E-bike Benefits

Good for the Environment

  • E-bikes are an efficient way to travel. Your carbon emissions from cycling can be more than 30 times lower than driving a fossil fuel car and 10 times lower than driving an electric car.

Saves Time and Money

  • E-bikes are easy to charge and maintain, while saving you money on fuel, parking, car maintenance, and auto insurance

Helps Your Physical and Mental Health

  • E-bikes are great way to exercise, reduce stress, and enjoy the outdoors. You have full control over your effort, from an easy cruise to a hard workout.

Go Faster and Farther Without Sweating

  • E-bikes can have a range of over 30 miles per charge and can boost your speed up to 20 mph or more, while staying cool and comfortable

Makes Hills Easy

  • E-bikes make challenging hills easy to ride, using the electric motor to push you uphill

Carry More Stuff

  • E-bikes help you easily carry things on your trip: kids, pets, gear, and groceries are a breeze to carry without the effort

E-Bikes are Fun

  • E-bikes make you smile and are a joy to ride, try one out!Benefits of E-Bikes: carbon emissions from cycling can be more than 30 times lower than driving a fossil fuel car and 10 times lower than driving an electric car.

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Downtown Alvarado transit center in the evening. Rail Runner and mountains in the background.

Neighborhood Walking Tours

Learn more about Albuquerque by exploring on foot on a walking tour.

Rideshare

Albuquerque is full of easy rideshare services, and has all the latest and most popular tech-based transit options.