Sun Tran Testing New Electric Buses

Sun Tran this week is testing an all-electric bus on select routes to see if the new technology could play a role in Tucson's future bus fleet. While there is no commitment to buy the bus at this time, Sun Tran says the testing is part of an evaluation process, which also includes studying the environmental impacts and travel costs of the BYD bus.

It takes about 18 to 24 months for Sun Tran to purchase a bus, and the company already is slated to buy 21 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in 2018.

Sun Tran and the City of Tucson started experimenting with alternative, cleaner-burning fuels more than two decades ago.

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