One of Guadalajara's new electric carriages. One of Guadalajara's new electric models.

City says goodbye to horse-drawn carriages

First of 55 electric-powered vehicles displayed in Guadalajara

The traditional horse-drawn carriages are disappearing from the streets of Guadalajara as the municipal government follows up on a commitment to put a stop to animal abuse. The carriages that traverse the city’s historic center are being replaced with electric-powered replicas.


Mayor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez this week presented an example of the new electric carriages, which are to replace the fleet of 55 traditional carriages by this time next year.

The first 10 will arrive in Mexico’s second largest city during the next four months. A second batch of 22 carriages is expected to arrive in the first half of 2018, and the third and last batch of 23 in one year’s time.

The decision to replace horse-drawn carriages followed a year of discussions with local animal rights advocacy groups, said the mayor.

“We cannot continue to mistake the idea of tradition with animal abuse. That no longer has a place in Guadalajara; we’ve put a stop to it today,” said Alfaro.

The new carriages will operate on extended routes and with an updated set of regulations created by the municipal Secretariat of Mobility.


Designed by the Guadalajara firm Advanced Power Vehicles, the vehicle is equipped with a 10-horsepower electric motor that can drive the carriage at speeds of up to 25 kilometers per hour. The battery is good for 45 kilometers carrying six passengers, a driver and a copilot.

The horseless carriage will also have the usual vehicle lights, using LEDs, and passengers will be able to plug into four USB charging jacks.

Guadalajara’s 55 existing carriages are pulled by 110 horses, all belonging to the carriage owners themselves. The municipal government reached an agreement with them, and none of the animals will be sold.

Instead, they will have the option of keeping them or donating them to animal shelters or interested individuals.

The municipal animal protection office will monitor the condition of the 110 draught animals once they are retired.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • DeplorableVI

    Hard working horses made Mexico possible. A working horse pulling a lightweight carriage on paved, shady city streets and manicured parks is not animal abuse. If idiot liberals get their way animals will rule humans.


      This has nothing to do with liberals. No animal should endure what these horses do. Carrying people that aren’t the slimmest to begin with, through the streets of GDL is animal abuse…..These horses were not treated the best and were malnourished. BRAVO!! to the animal advocates and the government for putting animal welfare where it should be. These horses should have a happy and safe retirement just like you wish to have. “Animals will rule humans”!?….I just going to keep my comment to myself as offending people is below me. Have a good day!

    • Richard

      whats this liberal shit hillbillie fucker, are the liberals fault you are a dirt bag with a small dick

      • DeplorableVI

        Easy there Ricardo.

        If you think horses are working too hard you should see how Mexican farm workers are treated in California where they work the fields treated with poisons that kill insects and rodents. Trust me, the horses are lucky.

    • rodentx2

      I vote for animals! Humans are UNFIT to rule OTHER animals. Humans can’t get along well with each other–they’re always fighting each other over money, power, rights, politics, religion, resources, race, gender, so on.

      I’m not one of the “idiot liberals.”

      Those “hard working” horses didn’t volunteer for the “honor” of making “Mexico possible.” There were other options: PEOPLE POWER, mostly poor people laboring to support the elite ruling class and making a living for themselves. All of which can be done today without dependence on horses–it’s called “progress.” Horses are not tractors designed to pull carriages all their lives. Like humans, they are conscious, thinking, feeling, social, and caring beings whose lives matter to them and who deserve a life worth living with dignity. What we do to other animals, we do to ourselves.

  • Like this idea. Who wants to look at a horse’s butt anyway?

    • DeplorableVI

      15 teenagers were recently arrested for having gang sex with a donkey and they all caught a disease. You never know anymore.

  • Peter Maiz

    Animal abuse? We humans have exterminated many species over an enormous span of time (as has nature) but really!

  • DebraJean Sullivan

    This makes me VERY sad – over 20 years of visiting this lovely city – the drivers & families take EXCELLENT care of these well trained horses.

    • Patrick Valentino

      Its flat out animal abuse for a pure amenity.

    • JB

      So you think horses should work all day, in conditions that are not their natural habitat? Hard pavements, no socialising with other horses…. etc? Animals are not a commodity to be used by humans, and the sooner we accept that, the sooner this world will know peace.

    • una

      They can still make a living and without the extra expense of caring for an animal. The drivers aren’t losing a thing. Opposition is just a troll debate at this point.

  • frankania

    I wrote a comment on circus animals, and it disappeared…..

    • Your comment might never have been successfully posted, frankania. The last comments I have record of here before this one are one on “Gringo anxiety…” from the 13th, and one on “If you don’t sign…” from the 5th.

      • frankania

        Thanks Cesar…I was describing a new animal cage zoo here in Cordoba, that is really sad to visit because the animals are trapped like prisoners, due to the new law outlawing circus animals! The govt should have outlawed FUTURE animals, not the ones already accustomed to the circus life of traveling, performing, mingling with each other and their trainers, etc.

  • DeplorableVI

    If you think horses are working too hard you should see how Mexican farm workers are treated in California where they work the fields treated with poisons that kill insects and rodents. Trust me, the horses are lucky.

  • una

    Wow, those are beautiful and amazing. I wish all cities would do the same thing.