Dec. 1, 2015 ABQ RIDE Testing Electric Buses for Technology Considerations Albuquerque, NM – Starting Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, ABQ RIDE will be testing two, new all-electric buses on two of its routes. On Tuesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 3, ABQ RIDE will deploy a 40 ft., BYD Battery-Electric bus on its Route #40/D-Ride through Downtown Albuquerque throughout the day.
Then on Thursday, Dec. 3, ABQ RIDE will also deploy a 60 ft., articulated BYD Battery-Electric bus on its Route #766-Rapid Ride/Red Line. ABQ Ride employs articulated buses on its Rapid Ride routes. The buses are made by BYD Electric at a plant in Lancaster, CA. They are touted as the world’s first long-range, battery-electric buses. Both produce zero “tail pipe” emissions.
The 40 ft. bus has a range of 150+ miles on a single charge. The 60 ft. bus has a range of 170+ miles on a single charge. They also allow for low floor loading and simplified maintenance. “We are studying these buses for technology considerations,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE. “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.”