City of Albuquerque files lawsuit against ART electric bus company


Mayor Tim Keller announced Friday the city of Albuquerque is taking BYD to court for unmet contract obligations and safety concerns.

In a statement, the city stated the company continuously neglected to meet contract requirements, including delivering all of of the buses.

During certification testing for the buses that were delivered, it was discovered that the batteries only ran 177 miles on a single charge despite their promise to run 275 miles per charge.

Last week, the city said it ordered 10 diesel-powered buses from company New Flyer that could be used on both ART and other bus routes.

Friday, BYD issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit:

BYD once again disputes the Mayor’s false and misleading statements regarding BYD and its products.  It is unfortunate that the City has chosen to file a lawsuit. Prior to today’s press conference the City had refused to provide BYD with inspection reports documenting alleged problems with the buses.  The City has never stated the amount of damages it claims to have suffered.  Although the City has terminated the contract inconsistent with its terms, BYD worked in good faith and at significant expense to remove the buses by the City-imposed deadline.  BYD is considering all legal options in response to the City’s actions.

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