BYD has announced the delivery of an electric 60-ft articulated transit bus to the city of Albuquerque. The new e-bus, which will be a part of the city’s new bus rapid transit line, Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART), is the first of 20 to be delivered by the end of 2017.
According to BYD, its buses will save the city of Albuquerque 50% on fuel and maintenance costs – $9.8 million in operational savings over the lifetime of the buses. Transit agency ABQ RIDE estimates that the e-buses will reduce its carbon footprint by more than 21,780 metric tons, the equivalent of removing 4,601 passenger vehicles from the road.
“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,” said Mayor Richard Berry. “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.”