New zero-emission electric shuttles tested at Sabino Canyon

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Testing of zero-emission electric shuttles has begun at Sabino Canyon, a population outdoor recreation site on the outskirts of Tucson.

Coronado National Forest officials believe the new 62-passenger electric shuttles will go into use this fall, replacing 21-passenger gas-powered vehicles being used on an interim basis.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the first electric shuttle was tested Sept. 3.

The shuttle is being used to train drivers along the routes through Sabino and Bear canyons, about 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) of travel.

Sabino Canyon attracts 1 million visitors annually.

Coronado National Forest officials say four other open-air shuttles are being tested by California-based Trams International before providing services to about 100,000 annual riders.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com

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