Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller announced the city has received a $2.7 million federal grant to pay for five new electric-powered city buses at an energy summit Tuesday.
Keller said the transition to electric buses was “long-overdue.” The new vehicles would be the first electric buses in the city, according to the city’s transit director.
The new electric buses are different from the city’s Albuquerque Rapid Transit project, which has been delayed after the city received and then returned a new electric bus fleet. The city said the buses malfunctioned.
“The battery technology challenges remain for a 60-foot bus,” Keller said. “We’ll get there. I really believe that in five years we’re going to be able to start phasing those into electric. But this project is for all our other buses. They are the vast majority of our fleet, the 40-foot workhorses of our city.”