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Albuquerque pulls plug on electric buses for transit project

November 14, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque is rejecting and returning the electric buses supplied by a Chinese manufacturer for the city’s long-delayed transit project.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Mayor Tim Keller announced Monday the plan to pull the plug on all 15 of the 60-foot (18-meter) electric buses manufactured by Build Your Dreams for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.

Keller says city officials have no confidence that issues regarding battery life can be mitigated.

Officials have also found brake failures and other equipment malfunctions in the buses built at the company’s California-based subsidiary.

Keller says the city is planning to acquire 15 non-electric buses from a “well established American company that makes buses all the time.”

Under the contract, the city did not have to pay the company until the final delivery of buses.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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